City of Bath

The City of Bath was inscribed as a World Heritage Site in 1987. The entire city is covered by the status, and the former municipal city boundary forms the site boundary. Bath is one of only a handful of city-wide World Heritage Sites.


City of Bath

The City of Bath in South West England was founded in the 1st century AD by the Romans who used the natural hot springs as a thermal spa. It became an important centre for the wool industry in the Middle Ages but developed and flourished as a fashionable spa resort in the Georgian era.

The City of Bath is of Outstanding Universal Value for the following cultural attributes: the Roman remains (especially the Temple of Sulis Minerva and the bathing complex at the heart of the Roman town of Aquae Sulis), the hot springs (harnessed by the Romans and the key to the City’s fame and development ever since), 18th Century town planning, Georgian architecture, the social setting and development of spa culture in the 18th century town and the green landscape setting of the city, in the hollow of the hills.

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Did you know..?

Bath has the only natural hot springs in the UK. The water flows at a rate of 1,170,000 litres per day – fast enough to fill a bathtub in 8 seconds!

A hoard of over 17,500 Roman coins was found in 2007 in the foundations of The Gainsborough Bath Spa. The coins span the period from 30 BC to 274 AD and were found in eight separate money bags. –

On the first floor of the Victoria Art Gallery, you will find a bust sculpture of William Harbutt, inventor of the nation’s favourite children’s modelling clay, Plasticine. –


Location: Bath, Somerset

Country: United Kingdom

Year of Inscription: 1987

UNESCO Criteria: (i), (ii), (iv)

Contact information:

For more information about City of Bath, visit the website or contact visitor information on +44 1225 477584

photo credit Visit Bath