The city of Bath is one of England's tourist gems and has been welcoming visitors for over two millennia.
This historic city has been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and presents some of the finest architectural sights in Europe, most notably the famous Roman Baths. It was first established as a spa resort with the Latin name, Aquae Sulis ('the waters of Sulis') by the Romans in AD 43, although verbal tradition suggests that Bath was known before then.
They built baths and a temple on the surrounding hills of Bath in the valley of the River Avon around hot springs, which are the only ones naturally occurring in the United Kingdom. Edgar was crowned king of England at Bath Abbey in 973.
Much later, it became popular as a sp during the Georgian era, which led to a major expansion and heritage of exemplary Georgian architecture crafted from Bath Stone.
The city has a variety of theatres, museums, and other cultural and sporting venues, which have helped to make it a major centre for tourism, with over one million staying visitors and nearly four million day visitors to the city each year.
The Baths are not alone in being one of many great tourist attractions to be housed all within the boundaries of one city â€“ take for example the ancient thermal springs, which are now numbered as one of the UK top five tourist attractions.