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Despite the Roman roots, Bath is a lively town filled with shops and visitors having a good time. The city's Georgian elegance is the main draw, and something that Jane Austen, one of the city's most famous fans, very much appreciated.
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  • Museums
  • History

Experiences

  • Bath's baths were built by the Romans, but the hot springs here have lured spa-goers since prehistoric times. The Georgian era saw the revival of the baths, which had fallen into disrepair.
  • Number 1 Royal Crescent is a Palladian row of houses that is often used as a film location today. This house offers a peek into what the interiors look like, in the form of a museum.
  • Bath's Museum of Costume and the Assembly Rooms display dress from Jacobean times to today. The Assembly Rooms depict the world of 18th century balls, the center of Bath's social life during that time.

Festivals

Side Trips

  • Castle Combe, 12 mi/19 km northeast, is one of the prettiest villages in England.
  • Stonehenge is a popular side trip option from Bath, 35 mi/56 km to the southeast.

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