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Bath, England (38162201235).jpg
Pulteney Bridge
Bath monuments August 2016 09.jpg
York Street, south to The Roman Baths
Population 88,859 [1]
Demonym Bathonian
OS grid reference ST750645
    - London  97 miles (156 km) E 
Unitary authority Bath and North East Somerset
Ceremonial county Somerset
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BATH
Postcode district BA1, BA2
Dialling code 01225
Police Avon and Somerset
Fire Avon
Ambulance Great Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament Bath
List of places

Bath is a city in the county of Somerset in England. It is 97 miles (156 km) west of London, and 13 miles (21 km) southeast of Bristol.

Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.[2] The city has preserved some of its Roman remains and its 18th century architecture.


The city gets its name from the famous Roman baths in the town. The Romans built the baths as part of a spa, in the year 43 BC. They called it Aquae Sulis, which means "The waters of Sulis". Sulis was a local goddess.[2]

During the Middle Ages, it was an important city for buying and selling wool.[2]

Bath became a city in 1585, when Queen Elizabeth I declared it to be one.

Bath has two universities and several schools and colleges.

Bath is where Roald Dahl's short story "The Landlady" takes place. The city is also mentioned in many of Jane Austen's books, like Northanger Abbey, Sense and Sensibility, and Pride and Prejudice.

Wide image of a symmetrical semicircular terrace of yellow stone buildings. Grass in the foreground.
A panoramic view of the Royal Crescent
Pulteney Bridge in Bath, designed by Robert Adam. It is one of only four bridges in the world to have shops on both sides.



  1. Bath is a constituency and unparished area; at the time of the 2011 census the city was exactly co-extensive with 16 wards Archived 30 September 2018 at the Wayback Machine
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 UNESCO, "City of Bath"; retrieved 2012-4-19.

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