Bath is a city in the South West of England in the county of Somerset. The city resides 13 miles south-east of Bristol. Bath has a population of just under 84,000 people. The city is situated at the bottom of the Avon Valley.
The city of Bath became a World Heritage Site in 1987. Bath attracts a great deal of tourism each year and receives around 1 million visitors staying in the city annually, with nearly four million day visitors each year. Tourism within the city is a key source of employment for residents in Bath. The city has some beautiful architecture and the site of the extensive ruins of the Roman Baths, centred on Britain's only hot spring, is a key visitor attraction within the city.
Important economic sectors within Bath include the retail, leisure and tourism industries which provide large scale employment within the city. Education, health and publishing are also key areas of growth within Bath.
Bath is a centre for culture within the UK and is home to five theatres which include the Bath Theatre Royal and the Rondo Theatre. The largest concert venue in the city is Bath Abbey, with the Forum being another popular concert venue within the town. Bath has its own film festival, beer festival and literature festival. It is also home to Bath International Music Festival and Mozartfest, held every year. Bath also has a number of art galleries within the city.
Bath has had some famous residents over the years including prolific novelist Jane Austen and artists Thomas Gainsborough and Sir Thomas Lawrence. Parts of novels by both Jane Austen and Charles Dickens are centred in Bath. The city also has two universities, the University of Bath and Bath Spa University.
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