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