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Living in Bath

Bath was first established as a spa town by the Romans in AD43 and was originally known as Aquae Sulis, meaning the waters of Sulis. Located in the county of Somerset, the city is nourished by natural hot springs, and offers a unique experience to visitors, with stunning architecture, great shopping and iconic attractions.

Today you can visit the magnificent Roman Baths temple or bathe in Bath's warm, mineral-rich waters at Thermae Bath Spa. Shopping in Bath offers a memorable experience with a fabulous selection of small independent and stylish boutiques alongside the familiar big name stores. The city centre is compact and easily walkable, with grand Georgian streets and small picturesque passageways to explore.

Food lovers will certainly not be disappointed. A selection of food and drink events run throughout the year featuring local produce; and if you are looking for somewhere to eat, Bath’s streets are littered with wonderful award winning restaurants, quaint tearooms and welcoming cosy pubs.

Bath is exceptionally well provided with schools, both private and state funded, and has two universities. A variety of theatres, museums, and other cultural and sporting venues, have helped to make it a major centre for tourism, and with such special cultural and physical significance it is no wonder the City of Bath was inscribed as a World Heritage Site in 1987. Surrounded by stunning countryside, with the picturesque Cotswolds on our doorstep, and swathes of parkland in the city centre; Bath is a unique and very desirable place in which to live.

Places of interest

  • Royal Crescent
  • Roman Baths
  • Thermea Bath Spa
  • American Museum
  • Holborne Museum
  • Great Pulteney Street
  • Bath Rugby
  • Bath Abbey
  • Royal Victoria Park
  • Henrietta Park
  • Alice Park

Local authorities

  • Bath and North East Somerset Council
    The Guildhall
    High Street
    Bath
    BA1 5AW
    01225 477 000
  • Somerset County Council
    County Hall
    Taunton
    Somerset
    TA1 4DY
    0845 345 9166
  • Wiltshire District Council
    Monkton Park
    Chippenham
    SN15 1ER
    01249 706111

Property available in Bath

Whether you are looking for a striking Regency house, Georgian town house or apartment in historic Bath, property in the leafy suburbs of Lansdown, or a period farmhouse in one of the many surrounding villages in Somerset and Wiltshire; Knight Frank can find the property that's right for you.

History

Archaeological evidence suggests there was human activity around the hot springs on which the City of Bath is built at least 8,000 years B.C; but it was the Romans that started the development of 'Aquae Sulis' as a sanctuary of rest and relaxation in AD43.

In AD 70, the Romans built a reservoir around the hot springs, and then a sophisticated series of baths, and a temple dedicated to the goddess Sulis Minerva. Visitors from across Britain and Europe were attracted to Bath, however, after the withdrawal of Roman protection in AD410, the town fell into decline, although the baths continued to be used.

Bath is rich in heritage and is well-known for its Roman and Georgian history. Some of the most impressive architectural sights in Europe can be found in Bath, and the city has around 5,000 listed buildings.

Some of the finest examples of Bath’s history and architecture can be explored at the Roman Baths, Royal Crescent, Circus, Pulteney Bridge and Bath Abbey. Recognised as the last of the great medieval churches in England, construction on the abbey began in 1499 but was not completed until 1611.

 

Schools

Bath is very lucky to have a great selection of both state and private schools on either side of the river:

  • St Stephens C of E Primary School
    Richmond Place
    Lansdown, Bath
    BA1 5PZ
    01225 311 665
  • Bathwick St Marys
    Darlington Road
    Bath
    BA2 6NN
    01225 465 654
  • Widcombe Junior
    Pulteney Road
    Bath
    BA2 4JG 01225 310 139
  • Ralph Allen School
    Claverton Down Road
    Bath
    BA2 7AD
    01225 832 936
  • Hayesfield Girls School
    Upper Oldfield Park
    Bath
    BA2 3LA
    01225 426 151
  • Monkton Prep School
    Combe Down
    BA2 7ET
    01225 837 912
  • Monkton Senior School
    Combe Down
    BA2 7HG
    01225 721 102
  • The Paragon School
    Lyncombe House
    Lyncombe Vale, Bath
    BA2 4LT
    01225 310 837
  • Prior Park College
    Ralph Allen Drive
    BA2 5AH
    01225 835 353
  • Kingswood Preparatory School
    College Road
    Bath
    BA1 5SD
    01225 734 460
  • Kingswood School
    Lansdown
    Bath
    BA1 5RG
    01225 734 210
  • The Royal High School, Bath
    Hope House
    Lansdown Road
    BA1 5ES
    01225 422 931
  • King Edward's Junior School
    North Road
    Bath
    BA2 6JA
    01225 463 218
  • King Edward’s Senior School & Sixth Form
    North Road
    Bath
    BA2 6HU
    01225 464 313

Bars and restaurants

  • Hudson Steak House
    14 London Street
    Bath
    BA1 5BU
    01225 332 323
  • Firehouse Rotisserie
    2 John Street
    Bath
    BA1 2JL
    01225 482 070
  • Thai Balcony
    1 Seven Dials
    Saw Close
    Bath
    BA1 1EN
    01225 444 450
  • Mint Room
    The Mint Room
    Longmead Gospel Hall
    Lower Bristol Road
    Bath
    BA2 3EB
    01225 446 656
  • The Marlborough Tavern
    35 Marlborough Buildings
    Bath
    BA1 2LY
    01225 423 731
  • Hare and Hounds
    Lansdown Road
    Bath
    BA1 5TJ
    01225 482 682

 

Hospitals and medical practices

  • Royal United Hostpital Bath NHS Trust
    Combe Park
    Bath
    BA1 3NG
    01225 428 331
  • Circle Bath (private)
    Foxcote Avenue
    Peasedown St John
    Bath
    BA2 8SQ
    01761 422 222

Theatres and cinemas

  • Theatre Royal
    Saw Close
    Bath
    BA1 1ET
    01225 448 815
  • The Little Theatre
    St Michael’s Place
    Bath
    BA1 1SF
    0871 902 5735
  • Komedia
    22-23 Westgate Street
    Bath
    BA1 1EP
    0845 293 8480
  • Odeon
    Kingsmead Leisure Development
    5-10 James Street West
    Lower Lansdown
    Bath
    BA1 2BX
    0871 224 4007