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Bath in a Day - Explore the city of springs

The famous spa city of Bath

 

Visit the sights of Bath in a day

 

Bath lies in the hilly countryside of Somerset, and offers a varying range of attractions for all of its visitors. The millions of people who visit every year come for the Roman baths, the Medieval history, Georgian architecture and its hot springs, and are just as impressed by the theatres, cinemas, pubs, nightclubs, and restaurants.
Bath has been a destination to attract tourists for over a thousand years, and has welcomed visitors to its gates with open arms. It is also possible the see all the major attractions of Bath in a day.

 

The city of springs

 

The city plays hosts to three hot springs that were sacred to Sulis, the Celtic goddess of the springs, and who the Romans recognized as Minerva when they came to the city. After the Romans settled they built a shrine and spa to honour the goddess, and drew attention to this settlement, renamed Aquae Sulis. They constructed this large spa, now known as the Great Bath, which was rediscovered in the 18th century, when Bath once again became known for its luxurious spas.

 

The name Bath is tied to the city. In 750 BC the Celts called the place Sulis, named after the goddess of springs. After Emperor Claudius’ invasion of Britain in 43AD, the Romans arrived here around 60AD and changed the name of the town to Aquae Sulis, meaning “the waters of Sulis”.
Between 200AD and 635AD Christianity had become the city’s main religion, and the name was too pagan, so name of the place had changed over the years. The Anglo Saxons named it Hat Bathu (hot baths), and then Achamanni, Aquamania, Akimannis castrum and Aquamann followed; all of these names held the same meaning: ‘the place of the waters.’ The name Bath became permanent after Queen Elizabeth granted it a royal charter in 1590, becoming the City of Bath.

 

During World War 2 the city suffered a lot of damage during the Nazi air raids, but luckily most of the celebrated architectural features were left undamaged. Locals are opposed to any further modern expansion after the ‘Sack of Bath’, a phase of development that had planned the demolishment of lesser known Georgian and Victorian streets.

 

During World War 2 the city suffered a lot of damage during the Nazi air raids, but luckily most of the celebrated architectural features were left undamaged. Locals are opposed to any further modern expansion after the ‘Sack of Bath’, a phase of development that had planned the demolishment of lesser known Georgian and Victorian streets.

 

Roman Baths

 

The Great Bath is a fantastic example of Roman architecture preserved for the modern age as a museum to the luxurious public spa. It is no longer open to swimming, but contains vast amounts of history and artifacts from the Roman age. The Roman Baths are found below street level and have four points of interest: the Roman Temple, the Roman Bath House, the Museum, and the Sacred Spring. The buildings above street level were built in the 19th century. The Baths, along with the Pump Room - Bath’s most elegant restaurant to enjoy all meals and tea - attract many visitors annually.

 

Originally the water in Bath was entirely rain that fell on Mendip Hills. It passes through the limestone aquifers at a depth of 2,700 metres and 4,300 metres where geothermal energy heats the water temperature to be between 64 and 96 degrees Celsius; the fissures in the limestones let the hot water rise to the surface. In 1983 a water bore-hole was sunk to provide the Pump Room with a clean supply of thermal water for drinking.
Although the Great Bath isn’t opened to visitors for swimming you can take a plunge at the Thermae Bath Spa in the centre of the town. For around £25 you can bathe in over 3 floors of thermal water. It is an excellent opportunity if you discover Bath in a day only. One the rooftop there is an open air pool that overlooks Bath, where you can view the sunset in steaming hot water, whatever weather be like.

 

If this all sounds wonderful then visit Bath in a day, a city teeming with beauty and listed as an UNESCO World Heritage site.

  
 
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