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Location address: United Kingdom, Bath and North East Somerset, Bath and North East Somerset
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Bath (/ˈbɑːθ/ or /ˈbæθ/) is a city in Somerset, South West England, 97 miles (156 km) west of London and 13 miles (21 km) south-east of Bristol. In 2011, its population was 88,859. It became part of Avon in 1974; since Avon’s abolition in 1996, it has been the principal centre of Bath and North East Somerset.
Bath was founded, among surrounding hills, in the valley of the River Avon around naturally occurring hot springs where the Romans built baths and a temple, giving it the name Aquae Sulis. Edgar was crowned king of England at Bath Abbey in 973. Much later, it became popular as a spa resort during the Georgian era, which led to a major expansion that left a heritage of exemplary Georgian architecture crafted from Bath Stone.
The city became a World Heritage Site in 1987, and has a variety of theatres, museums, and other cultural and sporting venues, which have helped to make it a major centre for tourism, with over one million staying visitors and 3.8 million day visitors to the city each year.
Bath is a constituency in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament represented since 1992 by Don Foster of the Liberal Democrats.
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