Bath, England: Creamy Complexion

published 8 years ago by Rick Steves

Good looking British towns are not rare, but few combine beauty and hospitality as well as Bath. The entire city is built of creamy limestone called "Bath stone" and beams in its cover-girl complexion. Visitors are attracted by the flower-bedecked pedestrian streets and architectural gems from many eras that fill the town. Ancient Romans enjoyed Bath's healing waters and founded a spa from where the town takes its name. Bath's 500-year-old Gothic abbey is lit with enough stained glass to earn it the nickname "Lantern of the West." Located ninety minutes west of London, Bath is a can't-miss stop. For more information on the Rick Steves' Europe TV series — including episode descriptions, scripts, participating stations, travel information on destinations and more — visit

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