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City of Bath *
Roman Baths, Bath.jpg
Roman Baths with Bath Abbey in the background
Country United Kingdom
Type Cultural
Criteria i, ii, iv
Reference 428
Region ** Europe and North America
Inscription history
Inscription 1987 (11th Session)

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.[1] The city is preserved for its Roman remains and 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.[1]

During the Middle Ages, it was an important city for buying and selling wool.[1]

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


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 UNESCO, "City of Bath"; retrieved 2012-4-19.

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Coordinates: 51°23′N 2°22′W / 51.38°N 2.36°W / 51.38; -2.36

This article is about a World Heritage Site