Bath: World Heritage City: Historic Sites

The Assembly Rooms

The city’s public Assembly Rooms played a quintessential part of social life in 18th century Bath. The glamourous venue hosted entertainment for bygone eras and continues to do so today. Opened in 1771, they were considered the most honourable and chic of any similar building across Britain. Today the grandeur is suited to hosting functions for weddings, festivals and graduations. Bath’s Fashion Museum can also be found on the lower ground floor below.

Bath Abbey

A site of Christian worship for over 1,200 years, Bath Abbey remains an active part of today’s community. Its heighted honeycomb stonework, gothic arches and stained-glass windows together create a stunning structure. Since 757 AD three different churches have occupied the site that you see today, with the present Abbey founded in 1499. The current edifice is recognised as one of the last great medieval churches in England. Tower Tours are run regularly, where visitors can tour the top of the Abbey, providing panoramic views across the Roman city streets.

Prior Park Landscape Garden

Prior Park Landscape Garden proves a great asset to the city’s interior maze of Georgian architecture.  The 18th century garden is nestled within a sweeping valley, where you can take-in spectacular views of the city of Bath from afar. Prior Park is perhaps best known for its Palladian Bridge, created by local entrepreneur Ralph Allen, with aid from the infamous landscape designer ‘Capability’ Brown. Visitors can enjoy woodland walks and footpaths that circumference the garden’s Serpentine Lake. The site also leads closely by Bath’s Skyline Walk.

Pulteney Bridge

Pulteney Bridge is not to be confused with Putney Bridge, which lies elsewhere in southern England. Bath’s glorious structure is twinned with the Ponte Vecchio bridge in Florence , due to the fact they both sit as historic structures with shops built into them; a rarity in itself. The bridge is also deemed one of the world’s most beautiful and sits upon the River Avon overlooking Pulteney Weir. Like many spaces in Bath, the weir was featured in the film adaptation of Les Miserables.

The Roman Baths

The Roman Baths are one of the finest preserved hot-spring baths in Europe and prove a popular attraction to visitors to this world-heritage city. The thermal springs continue to flow with natural hot water, thought to have natural healing benefits, you can drink from the spring. Be warned though, it has a copper tainted taste. Visitors can also view archaeological digs within the site, demonstrating how the Romans would have used the baths all many years ago. Attracting over a million visitors a year, the attraction can prove busy during peak-times, so be sure to check prior to visit if you want to miss the crowds.

Royal Crescent

Bath’s Royal Crescent, is one of the city’s most prolific sites. Built in the late 1700s, it is one of six additional Georgian crescents found throughout the city. Designed by John Wood, the row of 30 Grade I listed terrace houses, remains one of the great legacies of Georgian architecture in the UK. Today the crescent also houses a luxury hotel and spa, as well as a museum of its namesake. The famous terrace overlooks Bath’s Royal Victoria Park, providing manicured lawns from which to admire the view. It’s no wonder the site has been utilized for period dramas on the silver screen!

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