Interesting Facts about Bath
Bath by the Numbers:
Population: 80,000 Average Winter temperature: 5°C / 42°F Average Summer temperature: 14°C / 59°F Most precipitation: 782 mm / 30.8 in Elevation: 181 m / 595 ft
Time Zone: GMT Electricity: 240 volts AC, 50Hz; square three-pin plugs are standard Country dialing code: +44 Area code: 01225
Things to See in Bath
The Jane Austen Centre
Botanical Gardens (Royal Victoria Park)
Sally Lunn's Refreshment House & Museum
Thermae Bath Spa
Victoria Art Gallery
History is the very foundation of Bath. You can see it in the Georgian buildings, in the Italian-style Pulteney Bridge
, and of course in the elegant Roman Baths
. Here are the key events in Bath’s history:
• 836 BC
King Bladud and his herd of pigs discovers the healing properties of Bath’s hot spring, after it cures him of a skin disease that had seen him ostracized.
• 44 AD
The Romans come to Britain while they’re building their empire, and found Bath, then called Aquae Sulis. They built the extensive Roman Baths
, which you can still explore today.
• 944 AD
The Saxons built a monastery in the spot where the beautiful Bath Abbey
• Georgian era (1714 to 1830 AD)
Bath’s heyday saw anybody who was anybody coming to Bath to take the waters. It was at this time that the elegant addresses (such as The Royal Crescent
) that Bath is famous for were built. It was during this time that Jane Austen
(writer of Sense & Sensibility
and Pride & Prejudice
) made her home in Bath.
• Victorian era (1837 to 1901 AD)
An 11-year-old Princess Victoria, who later became Queen Victoria, opened the beautiful Royal Victoria Park
. This was one of the only times that she visited Bath, because after a Bath resident commented that she had chubby ankles she vowed to never visit the city again.