Historic Sites

Bath is a beautiful city with a long and varied history that includes and pre-dates the Roman invitation of Britain. Visitors flock to Bath from all over the world to see the nearby pre-historic sites of Avebury and Glastonbury where the standing stones have fascinated millions of people throughout history.

For several hundred years the British nobility would visit bath to ‘take the waters’ or enjoy the healing properties of the thermal springs and the Roman bathhouse. Nowadays the city offers what it calls the full ‘thermal experience’ where visitors enjoy the benefits of the springs, visit the Roman bath house and then enjoy a three course meal at the Pump Room restaurant.

One of the historic aspects of Bath that people most enjoy is the Georgian houses and similar buildings. The Royal Crescent was built over a number of years between 1767 and 1775 and visitors come from all over the world to see the Georgian architecture at this historic site. Not far from the city of Bath is the Elizabethan styled manor Corsham Court, regarded as one of the finest examples of an English stately home. The building dates back to 1582 and now contains Georgian state rooms and some wonderful collections, visitors to Corsham Court can also enjoy the beauty of the formal gardens as the house and its grounds are open to the public between March and September.

Not far from the prehistoric site of Glastonbury is the town of that name and its historic abbey. The historic Glastonbury Abbey suffered at the hands of Henry viii but the ruins are wonderful attractions to visitors who come every year to hear characters from various points in the Abbey’s history recite their tales.

Interested visitors to Bath should not leave without a visit to the Bath Abbey Heritage Vaults in the city centre. Here visitors will see surviving objects from the history of the Abbey that date back to Saxon times. Enjoy the ongoing presentation in words and pictures of more than twelve hundred years of the Abbey’s past. Nobody should ever visit Bath without making the trip to the ancient world heritage site of Stonehenge with its mysterious stone and the remains of domestic buildings that are thought to pre-date the stones themselves.

Bath Abbey is the parish church in the centre of Bath and its beginnings date back to 1499, pre-dating the Reformation. The church is built on what were the foundations of the ruin of a Norman Cathedral. Over the last twelve hundred and fifty years, three different churches have actually occupied the site where the Abbey stands. The earliest church at the site was Anglo-Saxon and built in 757, pulled down after 1066 when the Normans conquered England and in 1090 they began building the Cathedral. The maintenance of the church was beyond the means of the Abbey’s inhabitants and by the end of the fifteenth century the cathedral was in ruins and work on the present church began.