Why move to Bath?
Transport in and around Bath is convenient and there is a regular train service from Bath station to London Paddington, Bristol, Cardiff, and other major UK towns and cities, with the M4 motorway passing close to the city and linking to the wider national motorway network. Bath is a great choice for families, with a selection of highly regarded primary and secondary schools and two universities of excellent reputation. There is much to see and do in the city itself, including the famous Roman Baths museum, visiting the thermal spas, dining in five-star restaurants and shopping, from small independent shops to national chains. There's something for everyone in this historical city.
A little bit of history
Bath is a famous Roman city, with evidence of its Roman past on full display at the ancient baths, which are around six metres below the street level of the city. The magnificent Bath Abbey was first built in the 7th century and later rebuilt in the 12th and 16th centuries and remains an imposing part of the landscape. In the 17th century, the city became famous as a spa town and beautiful Georgian architecture became synonymous with the city; some of the most famous areas include the Royal Crescent, the Pump Room and The Circus.
Architecture and property
Whatever type of property you’re looking for, you are sure to find it in Bath or in its surrounding towns and villages. Within the city centre itself the Georgian buildings are spectacular and offer lots of character, including magnificent apartments to impressive townhouses suited to families. In newer developments on the edge of the city you’ll find brand-new apartments for first-time buyers and modern, detached homes ideal for the commuter. In the villages, there are Cotswold stone cottages. On the Cotswolds and Wiltshire borders there are generously sized family homes and period properties with grounds and parking.
Shopping and amenities
Bath is an excellent shopping destination, with the regenerated and partly pedestrianised city centre area around St Lawrence Street being particularly well appointed with high street names, including department stores, Hollister, Urban Outfitters and the Apple Store. North of this, the historic lanes are lined with independent boutiques, cafes and restaurants. On the edge of the city there are a number of local and popular neighbourhoods that have the benefit of a wide variety of local amenities for the community such as the ever popular coffee shops, delicatessen, grocery, interior design shop and a convenience store.
Bath has many excellent restaurants, both national names and independent establishments. Locals favourites include The Ivy, The Circus, Claytons Kitchen and the charming Sotto Sotto. For an alternative night out, the Thermae Bath Spa offers evening and late-night spa sessions.
Bath enjoys a privileged position fully enclosed by an area of green belt, preventing urban sprawl towards Bristol and Bradford-on-Avon and protecting the beautiful villages in between. Parts of the Cotswold Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty overlap the green belt to the north of the city, where there are lovely walks particularly around Castle Combe. There are also lovely walks along the river Avon, the Bristol and Bath Railway Path, the Limestone Link and the Cotswold Way. Within the city, Royal Victoria Park is a leafy area while there are other green spaces at The Recreation Ground, the Parade Gardens and Primrose Hill. Alexandra Park is around a 10-minute drive from the centre of town and offers panoramic view of the city’s most famous buildings.
Bath has a high concentration of schools, including Bath Academy, King Edward’s, Kingswood Prep and Seniors, Monkton School, Paragon, Prior Park and Royal High School (girls only). The city also offers an excellent selection of state schools, both secondary and primary. The city also has two universities, the University of Bath (previously named the University of the Year by The Sunday Times) and Bath Spa University.
Bath Spa train station has direct links to London Paddington in about 90 minutes and Bristol Temple Meads in 15 minutes. Bath also benefits from an excellent Park and Ride service, with bus stops around the city providing a convenient transport option for the suburbs and the surrounding villages. Road communications are also excellent, with access to Bristol via the A4 and to Junction 18 of the M4. The nearest airport is Bristol, which has domestic and international flights to a wide choice of European destinations.