World Heritage Day 2023

Discover 2,000 years of Bath’s history and find out why Bath is one of the greatest spa towns in Europe!

On Saturday the 4th of March, there will be a celebration at the Guildhall in Bath in celebration of World Heritage Day. The event is free, with no booking required, and will run from 11am to 3pm. There will surely be something for everyone to enjoy, with activities including guided walks, craft activities, museum displays and more!

Activities at the event will include:

  • See historic spa-related objects and visitor books from the Roman Baths collection.
  • Enjoy a relaxing hand massage from Bath College Spa.
  • Travel back in time in a virtual tour of Bath’s Mineral Water Hospital as it was in 1742!
  • Make your own scented body scrub.
  • Try on costumes and explore the lives of medical men commemorated in Bath Abbey.

And so much more!

Visitors will also get the chance to meet two costumed characters: Beau Nash, Bath’s famous master of ceremonies, and Dr William Oliver, Georgian physician and inventor of the Bath Oliver biscuit. They will be meeting visitors and posing for photos, and you may even be offered a medicinal biscuit.

World Heritage Sites are places of global significance, telling the story of our cultural evolution and natural beauty. In 1987, Bath was inscribed as a World Heritage Site due to its Roman remains, hot springs, 18th-century architecture, 18th-century town planning, the landscape setting of the city, and the way in which Georgian Bath helped create a more ordered and ‘polite’ society. In 2021, the city received a second inscription as one of the 11 Great Spa Towns of Europe – fashionable spa towns laid out around natural springs which are used for health and wellbeing.

For more information please visit the Bath World Heritage website.