Bath is one of the most touristic cities in the United Kingdom, which due to its relatively small size can be explored in a day trip from London (157km) or Bristol (18km).
Bath took its name after its Roman-built baths, which are the main attraction even today. The city is located in the valley of the River Avon, in a very beautiful environment of hills and green pastures. Due to tourism the city is well preserved and full of beautiful and upscale shops, restaurants and tea rooms.
The river Avon crosses the heart of the city offering amazing views. Pulteney Bridge and its little shops with windows overlooking the river is the most photographed site of the city.
Another symbol of the city is Bath Abbey, which was founded in the 7th century and became a religious centre; the building was rebuilt in the 12th and 16th centuries.
In the 17th century, claims were made for the curative properties of water from the springs, and Bath became once more popular as a spa town in the Georgian era. Georgian architecture, crafted from Bath stone, includes the Royal Crescent, Circus, Pump Room and Assembly Rooms where Beau Nash presided over the city's social life from 1705 until his death in 1761. In the 18th century the city became fashionable and the population grew. Jane Austen lived in Bath in the early 19th century.
Both the train and the bus stations are very centrally located, make it even easier to explore this fascinating city.