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EF Academy Torbay trip to historic Bath

Students from Torbay enjoyed a visit to one of England’s most historic and attractive cities. Surrounded by Somerset’s beautiful countryside and blessed with stunning Georgian architecture and Roman Baths it is one of the UK’s most visited cities.
Bath is a town set in the rolling countryside of southwest England, known for its natural hot springs and 18th-century Georgian architecture. The museum at the site of its original Roman Baths includes The Great Bath, statues and a temple; the facility’s Pump Room serves a popular afternoon tea. Today’s visitors can soak in the waters at the contemporary ThermaL Bath Spa.
The city became a spa with the Latin name Aquae Sulis (“the waters of Sulis”) c. AD 60 when the Romans built baths and a temple in the valley of the River Avon, although hot springs were known even before then. Bath Abbey was founded in the 7th century and became a religious center; the building was rebuilt in the 12th and 16th centuries. In the 17th century, claims were made for the curative properties of water from the springs, and Bath became popular as a spa town in the Georgian era. Georgian architecture, crafted from Bath stone, includes the Royal Crescent, Circus, Pump Room and Assembly Rooms where Beau Nash presided over the city’s social life from 1705 until his death in 1761. Many of the streets and squares were laid out by John Wood, the Elder, and in the 18th century the city became fashionable and the population grew. Jane Austen lived in Bath in the early 19th century.
Students had various options in the city with some choosing to visit the historic Roman Baths while others relaxed in the thermal spring spa. We also had a guide around the historic sights of the city like the 12th Century Abbey and cathedral.
Bath is a great city for shopping particularly ‘non high street’ fashion and goods, its also great for food. The students really enjoyed a slice of English history in one town and may have asked if we can go back.

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