The Roman City of Bath – A UNESCO World Heritage Site | Discovering England

Visiting the Roman city of Bath in England was a fantastic trip. Not only for the historical significance, but strolling the beautiful city was well worth the venture. The city of bath is located in the Avon Valley, just outside of the Cotswolds in England. It is about 2.5 hours away from London, so you can easily do it as a day trip or spend a couple of nights here. It is a beautiful city, and I highly recommend the visit.

Bath was inducted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, having Universal Significant Value. “Founded by the Romans as a thermal spa, Bath became an important centre of the wool industry in the Middle Ages. In the 18th century, under George III, it developed into an elegant town with neoclassical Palladian buildings, which blend harmoniously with the Roman baths.” – UNESCO website.

It was also added as a second World Heritage site in 2021, known as one of the “Great Spas of Europe”- as part of a group of historic spa towns in Europe. The city of Bath is the only city in the United Kingdom to achieve a full World Heritage status, which is even more reason to visit.

The city of Bath was marvelous. My friend and I strolled the streets of town, visited the historical thermal baths, explored the Abbey, and drank a glass of the mineral water. I would eventually like to visit again to dine in the city, and take a dip in the hot thermal spas. My one visit to Bath had me eager to return just to relax in a luxurious state of mind. I am positive you will have the same reaction when you visit this incredible city.

The architectural history was one reason Bath first became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Many of the city’s buildings are built with local, golden-colored Bath Stone, with the dominance in Georgian architecture that was popular in the early 18th century. During the 18th century, Bath was a very fashionable city to visit due to the popular spas, and it being the center of societal life.

Bath’s magnificent landscaping and architecture

Pulteney Bridge – The first time I eyed the Pulteney Bridge over the River Avon, I thought how beautiful it all was. The yellow stone enclosed bridge that connected both sides of the flowing river, with arched pillars was perfectly designed with the city of Bath in mind. Pulteney Bridge was completed in 1774, and has small shops that line both sides of the bridge, which just added to the charm of the city’s architecture.

Bath Abbey – As with many cities throughout the UK and Europe, there is a cathedral that dominates the skyline. I am always pulled into these cathedrals, which I have always found as an architectural milestone for the days they were constructed. The abbey cathedral in Bath was beautiful, just as the city itself.

This medieval abbey was first founded in the 7th century, and was reorganized within the 10th century. Reconstruction happened during four centuries, between the 12th and 16th centuries, with a significant amount of restoration work during the 1860s by Sir George Gilbert. Bath Abby is one of the best and largest expressions of Perpendicular Gothic architecture in the area.

For more tourist information, please visit the city’s official website: Visit Bath


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