Remarkable Roman remains and grand Georgian architecture are on display in this city, 100 miles west of London. Built on natural hot springs in around 70AD, the Baths from which the city takes its name are among the best preserved Roman remains in the world.
Around 1,170,000 litres of steaming spring water, at a temperature of 46 degrees C, still fill the bathing site every day.
Containing traces of 42 minerals, it can be tasted in the Grand Pump Room which dates from Georgian times when, following claims about the water’s restorative properties, Bath became fashionable as a spa town.
Two of Jane Austen’s novels, Persuasion and Northanger Abbey, are largely set here.