Living in Bath

A beautiful and
vibrant city

Bath is the only city in England to qualify as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is home to stunning Georgian architecture. It’s also an extremely interesting, elegant and vibrant city – bustling with life and entertainment.

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City Life

Bath is beautiful and has thousands of students living in the city. It may be small - but offers lots to do! There is a diverse range of shops, galleries, museums, clubs, cafés, bars and restaurants meaning that the city has something for everyone.

Pubs, Restaurants and cafés

Bath has a fantastic reputation for its range and quality of cafés, teashops, pubs and restaurants. It also boasts the highest number of Michelin-rated restaurants outside London but you can still eat out cheaply. Its wide range of places to eat means there is something to suit every budget and all within easy walking distance of the city centre.


The Theatre Royal is one of the oldest and most beautiful theatres in Britain. It is a major touring venue and regularly features famous actors and actresses. Attached to this is the egg, a fantastic theatre that offers some of the best work for children and family audiences. For smaller productions there is also the Rondo Theatre, the Mission Theatre and Ustinov Studio (which is the base for the Theatre Royal’s Youth Theatre).



If films are your thing, the Little Theatre in the centre of town is an art-house cinema which offers screenings of independent, mainstream and world cinema. The annual Bath Film Festival shows a good selection of premieres. Bath also has a bigger eight-screen Odeon cinema, where you can watch all of the latest blockbusters.

Fitness and Leisure

There are plenty of opportunities to participate in your favourite sport in Bath and several gyms and fitness centres to help you stay in shape. 

Cycling - The Sustrans Avon Cycleway route links Bristol and Bath to the National Cycle Network.

Walking - The city is situated at one end of the Cotswold Way, a great footpath to explore. Also, the National Trust’s Bath Skyline Walk is a fantastic 6 mile circular route taking in some amazing views.

For relaxation - The Thermae Bath Spa, which uses Bath’s natural thermal waters, is a major attraction amongst tourists and residents. It offers a full range of spa treatments and features an open-air rooftop pool. Head to for further inspiration.

Festivals and Events 

Bath hosts an extensive calendar of events and activities throughout the year. These include the Bath Festival (a 10-day multi-arts event); film, comedy and literature festivals; the Bath Fringe Festival; and Bath International Music Festival, to name but a few. Other events include the Bath Christmas Market and the much-loved Bath Rugby club, which hosts rugby union games throughout the season at the Recreation Ground.