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View of Bath from Bath Abbey, Bath Tourism Plus

Why is Bath a World Heritage Site?

Bath was inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1987.

World Heritage Sites are 'places of outstanding universal value to the whole of humanity'. 'Outstanding universal value' means cultural and/or natural significance. Famous World Heritage Sites include The Taj Mahal, Pyramids of Giza, the Great Wall of China and the Grand Canyon.

UNESCO added The City of Bath as a 'cultural site' to its World Heritage List in 1987. Bath is included because of its Roman Remains, 18th Century Architecture, 18th Century Town Planning, Social Setting, Hot Springs and Landscape Setting.  A (retrospective) Statement of Bath's Outstanding Universal Value was adopted by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in June 2013.  This sets out the significance of Bath's cultural and historic attributes.