Bath, Somerset

city in Somerset, England, United Kingdom

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.


Pulteney Bridge

York Street, south to The Roman Baths
Map of Somerset, with a red dot showing the position of Bath in the north east corner
Map of Somerset, with a red dot showing the position of Bath in the north east corner
Location within Somerset
Population88,859 [1]
OS grid referenceST750645
• London97 miles (156 km) E
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBATH
Postcode districtBA1, BA2
Dialling code01225
PoliceAvon and Somerset
AmbulanceSouth Western
UK Parliament
Official nameCity of Bath
CriteriaCultural: i, ii, iv
Inscription1987 (11th Session)
Area2,900 ha
List of places
51°23′N 2°22′W / 51.38°N 2.36°W / 51.38; -2.36

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.

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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