Many visitors come for the spa waters and the thermal Bath Spa in the city's heart is the only place in the UK where one can bathe in naturally warm, mineral rich waters. It has an open-air rooftop pool with stunning views over the city, steam rooms and many spa treatments and packages.
The Roman Baths, constructed around 70 AD, have been preserved to a high standard and are a prime example of the skills of their builders. An audio guide in many languages takes visitors through the fascinating history and steaming spring water fills the huge bathing site daily.
One of the best ways to get a feel for the city is by taking an open top bus tour. Seeing the architectural gems from the top of the bus adds a different sense of proportion to being at ground level.
Jane Austen was Bath's most famous resident, and the Jane Austen Centre offers a snapshot of all the things that would have inspired her Regency novels – the society, fashion and food.
Museum buffs have 17 museums to choose from, and for those who are fascinated by architecture, Bath Abbey's interior is a magnificent example of Victorian Gothic by Sir George Gilbert Scott.
Photo: Brian Heard