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The 18th-century vogue for spas turned the Somerset city of Bath into a fashionable social and recreational centre, and led to a building boom. And what a boom is was, resulting in street after street of beautifully proportioned Georgian houses in local golden-coloured Bath stone that line iconic thoroughfares such as Great Pulteney Street and Royal Crescent. It was the Romans who first made use of a gushing natural spa to build the Roman Baths, now one of the UK’s leading tourist sites. The Georgians built the attached Pump Rooms, featured in Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey and Persuasion and a scene of fashionable social gatherings. Today, Bath continues to attract plenty of visitors, particularly during the summer, with other prime attractions including the Gothic Bath Abbey, the Fashion Museum, with clothes from the 18th century to the present day.
Artisan coffee in an airy space
Baths and temple complex based around a hot natural spring