April 16th - The Start of Citywide Celebrations of Bath Becoming A World Heritage Site 25 Years Ago!
Bath Tourism Plus has announced a myriad of celebrations as Bath hits its 25th anniversary of gaining UNESCO World Heritage Site status! Bath is planning a series of celebrations, starting with family festivities on World Heritage Day on 22nd April and continuing with special events throughout 2012 including Museums at Night Weekend in May, Monuments by Moonlight, a new book listing 25 of the best places to visit and a full programme for Heritage Week in October.
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(PICTURE: BATH ABBEY'S VAULT)
Words: Bath Tourism Plus
The city has been recognised for the past 25 years for its Roman archaeology, the 2000 year old Roman Baths is the best preserved Roman religious spa from the ancient world; the hot springs, the only one of their kind in Britain and the basis for the city’s spa culture and now the source for a modern spa complex; the wealth of Georgian architecture including sweeping terraces and crescents such as the iconic Royal Crescent, magnificent squares and Palladian style architecture such as Pulteney Bridge.
Bath is planning a series of celebrations, starting with family festivities on World Heritage Day on 22nd April and continuing with special events throughout 2012 including Museums at Night Weekend in May, Monuments by Moonlight, a new book listing 25 of the best places to visit and a full programme for Heritage Week in October. The city will also offer a very special welcome to anyone celebrating their 25th Wedding Anniversary in Bath this year.25 secret places to visit Bath will be nominated by expert and enthusiast, Dr Amy Frost of the Bath Preservation Trust who narrates the World Heritage self guided walking trail, a free download from visitbath.
Nick Brooks-Sykes, Chief Executive of Bath Tourism Plus said: “Having World Heritage Status is a tremendous accolade for Bath. Belonging to this very exclusive global club is shorthand for saying that Bath is a “must see” for any visitor to the UK. We will be telling the world of our pride in Bath’s World Heritage status during 2012”.
The city is proud of its World Heritage status and this is shown in the many fascinating museums that explore the city’s origins and development. The Bath Preservation Trust operates No 1 Royal Crescent where visitors can see how the interior of a Georgian house would look; The Building of Bath Collection with its fascinating displays about the construction of the Georgian city, and Beckford’s Tower and Museum . In fact, Bath has more museums than most other UK cities with 17 within a square mile, celebrating everything from the history of the postal service to fashion through the ages, as well as specialist museums about East Asian Art and American history.
Bath is keen to preserve its prestigious World Heritage status, and the city works hard to protect its legacy for future generations, maintaining the delicate balance between being a thriving and living city and preserving the past. The Roman Baths alone has welcomed more than 21 million visitors over the last 25 years.
Councillor Cherry Beath, Cabinet Member for Sustainable Development, said: “we hope people of all ages will enjoy the variety of activities on offer, which rejoice in Bath’s multiple layers of cultural genius. This ranges from Roman foresight and technology in harnessing the only hot springs in the country to how, in the same fantastic landscape setting, the elegant Georgian new town influenced the architectural and social traditions of a nation.”
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