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Are you thinking about buying or renting a property in central Bath? During the Georgian era, Bath became a popular spa town, which left a heritage of beautiful period architecture built from Bath Stone.
The aesthetic of these buildings, in combination with the city's Roman legacy, helps give Bath it’s trademark look and feel. And, after you add the city's theatres, museums and vibrant culture into the mix, you're left with one of the most desirable places to live in the UK.
But is central Bath the right place for you to set up home? Read on to find out more about the area.
The city is served by several transport links, including the centrally located Bath Spa train station and Bath bus station. Both offer accessible routes across the city to neighbouring Bristol, as well as the region's employment hotspots.
For commuters that travel further afield, Bath Spa train station offers a direct line to London Paddington, with a journey time of around one and a half hours.
Bath's varied food and drink scene caters for every taste and budget imaginable. As such, a wealth of top restaurants, cool cafés, stylish bars and unique gastro pubs prosper alongside all of the high-street chains you'd expect to see.
Casanis is an intimate French Bistro that delivers an award-winning menu, and the Hudson Steak House is a bar and grill that no meat lover will be able to resist. If it's a spot of lunch you're after, The Jazz Café, overlooking Kingsmead Square, delivers hearty, delicious portions of freshly cooked food.
If you're looking for somewhere to grab a drink, Bath is home to a wide selection of pubs. The Bell, arguably Bath's finest 'alternative' pub, is famous for its live music. Alternatively, The Raven, voted City Pub of the year 2010, is the place to sample a beer and ale combination you'll never forget.
There is plenty in the central Bath area to keep residents fit and active. Aquaterra, the local leisure centre, has a gym, exercise classes and swimming facilities. Plus there are several dedicated gyms, including Fitness First, located near the heart of the city, which offers modern training facilities.
The city also boasts several golf clubs, including Bath Golf Club, one of England's oldest and best courses, which is located just over a mile from the city centre. If you prefer to have a racket in your hand, Bath is home to a number of top-class tennis clubs – including the University of Bath Tennis Centre, which is located 1.8 miles from the city centre.
Alternatively, there are a number of other local sports clubs including diving, rowing and cycling. Plus, there is a rambling club that will allow you to explore the beautiful countryside surrounding the city.
Bath is home to many picturesque parks and gardens, which makes it a beautiful city when the sun is shining.
Royal Victoria Park, which is overlooked by the famous Royal Crescent, is located 1.3 miles from the city centre. Attractions include a boating pond, botanical garden, miniature golf course, children's play park and lush green expanses on which to enjoy a picnic.
Other notable parks within the city's limits include Sydney Gardens, Henrietta Park, and Alexandra Park. All three parks offer both a retreat from and spectacular views of the city, and are open and free to enter all year around.
If the heavens open, in Bath, it doesn't have to mean an end to the fun. The city is home to a rich variety of museums that are a product of Bath's culturally vibrant past and present.
The Roman Baths, for example, are at the epicentre of the city's historical heritage. In contrast, The Holburne Museum and Victoria Art Gallery provide an insight into Bath's classic and contemporary art scene.
If you're looking for relaxation rather than stimulation, Thermae Bath Spa provides the chance to bathe in mineral-rich waters or enjoy a range of world-class treatments.
For a spot of retail therapy, head to Bath's SouthGate Shopping Centre. Recently built and open until late most evenings, here you'll find stores including H&M, River Island, Topshop, Apple and Debenhams. In addition, the High Street is also home to high-street shops, independent boutiques and family-run stores.
Bath also boasts a wide variety of local markets, including the Bath Farmer’s Market, which sells local, fresh produce at a fair price. For festive treats, look no further than the Bath Christmas Market, which runs from late November to mid-December every year.
You'll also find most of the major supermarkets in and around the city centre including Waitrose, Sainsbury's, Morrisons and multiple local-type stores such as Co-Op and Tesco Express.
The Theatre Royal – divided into the Main House, The Egg and The Ustinov Studio – is one of the oldest and most beautiful theatre venues in the UK. Alternatively, the Chapel Arts Centre is Bath's premier alternative arts venue and features regular performances of dance, comedy, mime and poetry
Bath is also home to one of the country's best rugby union sides. As such, Saturday afternoons are often awash with the blue and white colours of Bath Rugby's home jersey.
The city's film enthusiasts are served by two local cinemas. The Odeon shows all the latest blockbusters and big releases, while The Little Theatre Cinema specialises in showing independent and foreign language films.
For kids, there are an abundance of play parks in Bath, including the one in the aforementioned Royal Victoria Park. Here you will find a varied range of play areas that offer an exciting environment for children of all ages to play and express themselves in.
Meanwhile, Beazer Maze, next to Bath's Rugby stadium, is a picnic area and paving stone maze that provides a stimulating challenge for kids to conquer.
There are five libraries in the Bath area; the largest of these is the Bath Central library, located above the Waitrose, 0.3 miles from the city centre. Bath Central library stocks a varied range of literature – including adult and children's sections – as well as computers, printing in black and white or colour and free Wi-Fi.
Bath has several health centres. However, it is important to note that the centrally located walk-in centre has been closed and replaced by the Urgent Care Unit. The Unit is located at the Royal United Hospital (RUH), 1.9 miles from the city centre.
Bath provides residents and visitors with plenty of parking, including 13 car parks that serve the city centre areas and three park and rides. Additional on-street parking is available, however to park in many residential areas you will need to purchase a permit from the local council.
Many of Bath's roads were originally designed for horse and cart, which means they can become quite narrow in places. As a result, the city's roads do sometimes get congested with traffic – especially during the morning and evening rush hours.
There are a variety of schools in and around Bath. Primary schools include Bathwick St Mary Primary School, St Stephens Primary School, Bathampton Primary school, St Andrew's CE Primary School, and Widcombe Infant School.
Similarly, for older children, there are a variety of secondary schools and academies. These include Hayesfield, Beechen Cliff, Bath Community Academy, Oldfield School, Ralph Allen School and Saint Gregory's Catholic College.
If you would like to find out more about buying or renting property in central Bath, please call or visit the local Andrews Branch.
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Hayesfield Girls School Upper Oldfield Park, Bath BA2 3LA
Beechen Cliff School Alexandra Park, Bath BA2 4RE
Royal High School Lansdown Road, Bath BA1 5SZ
St Mark's CofE School Baytree Road, Bath BA1 6ND
Culverhay School Rush Hill, Bath BA2 2QL
Oldfield Park Infant School Dorset Close, Bath BA2 3RF
The Royal High Junior School Hope House, Bath BA1 5ES
King Edwards Pre Prep School Weston Lane, Bath BA1 4AQ
Widcombe Infant School Archway Street, Bath BA2 4JG
Widcombe CofE Junior School Pulteney Road, Bath BA2 4JG
Zebedees Day Nursery Avon Street, Bath BA1 1UP
Peter Pan Playgroup Weston Methodist Church Hall, Bath BA1 3BA
Cherubs Playgroup Hay Hill Baptist Church, Bath BA1 5DU
Oldfield Park Baptist Pre School Triangle East, Bath BA2 3JD
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