Bath is beautiful. There’s no other word for it. It’s the only city in England to qualify as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is home to some of the country’s most stunning architecture. For the history buffs, there’s the Roman Baths, Pulteney Bridge, Royal Crescent and Bath Abbey, and for lovers of Classic Georgian style, there’s the Thermae Bath Spa.
If literature is your thing, you might be interested to learn that Jane Austen lived here at one point, basing two novels, including the famous Northanger Abbey, on the city.
Fast forward to present day and The City of Bath is a buzzing cultural hub, with award-winning restaurants, boutique and high-street stores, great nightclubs, cinemas, plus a huge array of live music and comedy venues.
And pubs of course. Let’s not forget the pubs; many of which are featured regularly in The Good Pub Guide.
Bath is also a famous festival city, both mainstream and fringe, including the International Music Festival, Bath Film Festival, Bath Literature Festival and Shakespeare Unplugged. Many of our students are heavily involved in performing at these festivals.
A World Heritage City
While Bath has the unique distinction of being England's only World Heritage City, it is also an exciting and lively city with plenty for you to see and do on a student budget. Whether it's high culture or fun culture that you want, Bath offers it all! Its beauty and historical significance attract visitors from all over the world. The surrounding seven hills and the towers of Bath Abbey create a stunning impression on arrival.
As a student, though, you will get the chance to explore beyond the major tourist attractions and discover the hidden wealth of interesting and inexpensive shops, markets, cafes and restaurants. Bath is easy to reach, whether you are on the Sion Hill campus (within walking distance of the centre), or the Newton Park campus (where a bus service runs regularly from the campus into the town centre, into the early hours of the morning).
Famous for its Roman Baths, romantic riverside and elegant Georgian architecture, Bath boasts some of the most beautiful architectural masterpieces in Europe. The Royal Crescent, the Circus, the Abbey, the Pump Room and the Assembly Rooms are all essential features on any visitor's itinerary. And yet Bath is far more than a historical monument - it is bustling with life and entertainment.
If you enjoy visiting art galleries or museums, Bath has plenty to offer - no less than seventeen, in fact! The Victoria Art Gallery hosts one of the best programmes of temporary exhibitions in the region, and other galleries hold collections including East Asian Art, sculpture and ceramics. Bath's museums cover subjects as diverse as costume, the postal system, and antique books. The Jane Austen Centre tells the tale of the city's most famous resident.
Art, craft and design fairs are permanent fixtures on the events calendar, and are fascinating whether you're a collector or a browser.