England has many beautiful cities, but few compare to Bath. It is home to some of the nation’s grandest Georgian architecture and world’s best preserved Roman bathhouses. A sophisticated city that has been a tourist draw for over 2000 years.
Founded on top of natural hot springs, Bath’s heyday really began during the 18th century. Entrepreneur Ralph Allen and his team of architects, John Wood the Elder and Younger, turned this sleepy backwater into the toast of Georgian society. They constructed the fabulous landmarks, the Circus and Royal Crescent.
The heart of the complex is the Great Bath, a lead-lined pool filled with steaming, geothermal heated water from the so-called ‘Sacred Spring’ to a depth of 1.6m. The King’s Bath was added sometime during the 12th century around the site of the original sacred spring. Every day 1.5 million litres of hot water still pour into the pool. Beneath the Pump Room are the remains of the Temple of Sulis Minerva.