Bath was chosen to be a World Heritage Site in 1987. The city is important for both its Roman and Georgian heritage and archaeology. Its use as a spa is recorded over two thousand years, its dramatic Georgian architecture and town planning, and the synergy between the buildings and the landscape. Bath is special.
The spa was used by the Romans, and the remains of the Roman baths are still there to be seen today, beside the 18th century Pump Room. Bath is the most complete and best preserved Georgian city in Britain.
World Heritage Sites are places of significance to all the people of the world. They tell the story of where we have come from and how the world around us has evolved. They are places we want future generations to be able to enjoy.
Bath stands on the River Avon in England’s West Country. The blend of Roman baths and sweeping Georgian terraces combine to produce one of the most elegant cities in Europe.
The ancient Celts thought that Bath’s hot springs were sacred; the Romans built the temple and the famous baths - now restored to their original grandeur.
In the early eighteenth century Beau Nash made Bath England’s leading spa town, where members of fashionable society gathered to ‘take the waters’ and enjoy the town’s theatres and concert rooms. During this period the architect, John Wood, laid the foundations for a new Georgian city using the local honey-coloured stone that gives Bath its mellow feel.
Bath is one hour and a quarter from London by train. And is surrounded by particularly striking countryside, with the Cotswolds to the north, the Mendips to the south-west and the Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean just over the Severn Estuary in Wales.
The city boasts a range of museums, galleries and exhibitions. Apart from the Roman Baths, there is a museum to one of Bath's famous residents Jane Austen at The Jane Austen Centre,
Bath World Heritage Management Plan
Cotswolds Tourist Information
World Heritage Sites in Britain