Attractions in Bath
Bath, named for its geothermal springs, has seen battles and the crowning of a king since the time of the Roman Empire. "Aquae Sulis" or Waters of Sulis, the Roman baths, have been restored for touring, and Bath has created a Thermae, as well. Queen Elizabeth I gave Bath city status, and Bath has enjoyed a revival with its popularity as a spa destination during the Georgian era. Bath was named a World Heritage Site in 1987.
Its location at the base of an extinct volcano in the bottom of the Avon Valley 156 kilometers west of London gives the city steep streets and "sloping" buildings so full of charm that it won second in Google's "Britain's Most Picturesque's Street." Many of the buildings are created from the local golden-hued Bath Stone, and there are many architectural treats, including Lansdown Cresent, Royal Cresent, and the Circus. The picturesque Pulteney Bridge spans the River Avon, lending a romantic air.
Many public parks enhance Bath's beauty. Sydney Gardens is the oldest, while Royal Victoria Park is the largest, featuring botanical gardens, skateboarding, golf, tennis, bowling, and a pond. Alexandra Park's Poet's Corner offers a great view of the unique streets, or hot air balloons can fly over the city. The oldest Lido or pool in England can be found in Bath.
Buskers offer a variety of entertainment, while a touch of fund-raising whimsy can be viewed in the artistically decorated statues of pigs and lions. World-class shopping providedsa further distinction. Bath Abbey provides the largest concert venue, and there are five main theatres. Clubs, pubs, and comedy brighten the nights. Bath hosts an automotive park and an equestrian racetrack, and a zoo. With its abundant charm, Bath has been the setting for films, television, stories, and a music video.
The Victoria Art Gallery in Bath is a beautiful place to visit that is located close to many other attractions. Some of the paintings date back to the 15th century.