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Though architecturally Bath is something of a period piece, it is also a very modern city; its restaurants and pavement cafés packed full of local businessmen and artisans.

The International Music Festival marks the beginning of summer and adds to the city's lively, festive atmosphere and its Theatre Royal is one of the country's leading provincial theatres, attracting big names and pre-West End runs.

For over 2,000 years visitors have been enjoying this golden city. Designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Bath has some of the finest architectural and historic treasures in Europe, including the Roman Baths and the Pump Room, 15th-century Abbey and stunning Royal Crescent. But it's no museum piece, despite its world-class history and heritage. Bath is a decidedly 21st-century city with an adventurous artistic and cultural life and sophisticated shopping.

2005 witnessed the opening of Bath's status as a world-class city with the opening of a stunning new spa complex, Thermae Bath Spa. A 2,000 year tradition was revived.

Things to see and do:

* Roman Baths and Pump Room
* Museum of Costume and Assembly Rooms
* Bath Abbey
* Guildhall
* American Museum in Britain
* Sally Lunn's Refreshment House & Museum
* No 1 Royal Crescent Thermae Bath Spa
* The Jane Austen Centre
* Prior Park Landscape Garden 


January: Jack and The Beanstalk (Theatre Royal)
February: Bath Literature Festival (various locations) 
March: Bath Half Marathon (Bath)
April: Badminton Horse Trials (Badminton)
May: Bath International Music Festival (various locations)
June: The Royal Bath & West Show (Shepton Mallet)
July: Bath International Guitar Festival (various locations)
August: Roman Baths by Torchlight (Roman Baths)
September: Jane Austen Festival (various locations)
October: Bath Film Festival (various locations)
November: Bath Christmas Market (Abbey Churchyard)
December: Carols by Candlelight (The Pump Room)