Magnificent 18th- and early-19th-century architecture surrounds you in Bath. You'll discover a lively city with excellent restaurants and art galleries, but its biggest attractions are the Roman baths, abbeys, and thermal springs. Make sure to walk past the beautiful Royal Crescent, a half-circle of curving Georgian houses.
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- Visit serene 15th-century Bath Abbey, which has more than 50 stained-glass windows. It was built in late-Gothic style.
- Roman patricians bathed at the Roman Baths and Pump Room, now the site of a museum. You can still taste the slightly noxious mineral water in the Pump Room, as the fashionable set did in the 18th century.
- Do as the Romans did and take a dip in natural hot springs at the very modern Thermae Bath Spa.
- Number 1 Royal Crescent is a Palladian row of houses that is often used as a film location today. This house offers a peek at the interiors, in the form of a museum.
- The Bath International Music Festival spans many genres and draws artists and audiences from all over the world. It runs from late May to early June.
- The Jane Austen Festival in September celebrates the writer with film, plays, talks, and a costume parade.
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