The Beautiful City of Bath

Bath has been welcoming visitors for over two millennia, ever since the Celts welcomed Roman visitors to their sacred thermal springs, dedicated to the goddess Sulis. The Romans liked Bath so much they decided to stay – building an impressive city and the famous Bath Spa for which it is now named.

A swan in a garden in Bath, England

And so it goes today: People who visit Bath tend to want to settle there. The price of houses for sale in Bath is rising due to the popularity of the Somerset city. What is it that draws so many people to this historic yet vibrant city?

Roman Baths, Bath, England

The most obvious attraction is still the hot spring water that gushes forth in an endless stream and that has brought this city so much wealth. In 2006 a brand-new, £8 million spa complex opened in the city, putting an end to two decades when Bath Spa had been a spa in name only.  One and a quarter million litres pour forth from three separate well-heads each day at a temperature of around 45° centigrade. The water last saw the light of day as rain that fell over 10,000 years ago on the Mendip Hills, then it soaked deep underground before being pushed up through Bath’s porous limestone.  A day pass to one of the two working spas is the ideal way to unwind. Luxurious packages include the “Time for Two” experience, which includes four hours in the spa with that special someone, dinner for two, an Alpine sauna, and a full body massage together.

Roman decadence may still be on offer, but the Roman spa is no longer used for bathing. Instead, you can visit the Roman baths to walk in the footsteps of the Celts and Romans and learn about their lives and their architecture. The Temple in the Roman bath complex is one of only two true classical temples that have ever been found in Britain. The Roman Baths Museum is home to the remains of the great ornamental pediment survives, and is displayed alongside an animation that shows how it would have looked in Roman times.

Royal Crescent, Bath, England

Number 1, Royal Crescent is another impressive feat of restoration. Lovingly restored in the late 20th century using only original techniques and materials, the restored Georgian town house creates a living picture of life in Georgian Bath.  The house was designed by architect John Wood the Younger and was originally built between 1767 – 1774. The Royal Crescent is rightfully thought of as one of the greatest accomplishments of 18th century city architecture. Georgian Bath was a thriving and fashionable city and the Royal Crescent was the pinnacle of fashionable and gracious living in Bath. The restoration shows what life would be like in a fashionable home of the time, with authentic furniture, paintings, textiles and carpets in the glittering dining room, the comfortable Gentleman’s Study, the elegant drawing room and a delightfully feminine bedroom. Below stairs the Georgian kitchen is brought to bustling life.

Bath has always drawn tourists and fashionable residents to its beautiful streets. Why not join them?

 

Author bio: Vanessa recently relocated and is living in a flat in Bath.

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