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Shopping and sightseeing in Bath

Below is a list of just some of the great attractions which Bath, the only designated World Heritage Site in England, offers its many tourist visitors. With so much to see and do in this vibrant, cosmopolitan city, Bath is a wonderful study holiday destination - at any time of the year.

  • Roman Baths Museum
  • Pump Room
  • Bath Abbey
  • The Assembly Rooms, Bennett Street
  • Pulteney Bridge
  • Shopping - Jolly's Department Store, Milsom Street
  • Shopping - New Bond Street
  • Shopping - Southgate Shopping Centre
  • Architecture - The Royal Crescent and The Circus
  • Royal Victoria Park
  • Alexandra Park
  • Parade Gardens
  • Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose
  • Sally Lunn's, 4 North Parade
  • Holburne Museum, Great Pulteney Street
  • Herschel Museum of Astronomy, New King Street
  • Bath International Festival of Music and Arts (late May - early June)
  • Victoria Art Gallery, High Street
  • Open Top Bus Tours (Bath Sightseeing)

Roman Baths Museum

The Roman Baths are the number one visitor attraction in Bath and the main reason why Bath is a World Heritage Site. The Roman Baths were built by the Romans when their empire extended to Britain around 2000 years ago. The natural hot spring which is still flowing to this day - inspired them to use their ingenuity and engineering skills to build a large complex of bathing pools and also a temple. As you walk around the complex and marvel at the steam rising slowly above the main pool, you can see the source of the spring where the water gushes up from deep below the earth's surface.

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Bath Abbey

The magnificent Bath Abbey next to the Roman Baths has been a place of worship for over 1000 years and has been both a monastery and a cathedral in its long history.

In 973 the King of England, Edgar, was crowned King in the Anglo-Saxon church building which stood at the time.

Today's splendid Bath Abbey was founded in 1499, although the interior is principally Victorian Gothic in architectural style. It was redesigned by Sir George Gilbert Scott, an exponent of the so-called 'Gothic Revival' style.

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The Royal Crescent and The Circus

The Royal Crescent is a magnificent crescent-shaped residential street in Bath comprising 30 terraced houses (a single continuous roof covers all 30 houses). You can see an aerial view of the Royal Crescent at the top of the page. The Royal Crescent in Bath was constructed in the eighteenth century, between 1767 and 1774. Today, many of the residences are sub-divided into apartments. A notable building right in the centre of the Royal Crescent is the luxury Royal Crescent Hotel. The beautiful Bath stone facade of the Royal Crescent overlooks parkland and views of the surrounding hills beyond.

The Circus is another example in Bath of splendid Georgian townhouse architecture.  "Georgian architecture" is the name given to the architectural style in Britain between 1720 and 1840, when the British monarchs were all kings and all named George - George I, George II, George III and George IV.

The Circus was built between 1754 and 1768 in the reigns of George II and George III. The name comes from the Latin word meaning a ring or circle.

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