Roman soldiers marching in front of Royal Crescent on World Heritage Day Roman soldiers marching in front of Royal Crescent on World Heritage Day Show image info

Roman soldiers marching in front of Royal Crescent on World Heritage Day

World Heritage Day

Every April we celebrate international World Heritage Day in Bath.  We celebrate the reasons why the City of Bath is inscribed as a World Heritage Site as well as being part of the wider World Heritage family.

In 2021 we are unable to host a physical event but we are delighted that our heritage partners and colleagues across the city have joined together to highlight some of the important conservation work that has been undertaken recently in Bath, in spite of the limitations imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic.  Local projects have been using the hashtag #ConservationThroughCovid and #WorldHeritageDay2021 to share what has been happening on their sites over the last year.  Projects are underway at No.1 Royal Crescent, Beckford's Tower, Bath Abbey, Cleveland Pools, Sydney Gardens, Prior Park Landscape Garden and through the Bathscape partnership and Bath World Heritage Site Enhancement Fund.  

Construction and design work for the new World Heritage Centre in York Street in Bath has continued in a Covid-safe way throughout all of the lockdowns.  The new Centre is part of a larger National Lottery Heritage Fund project called Archway which is repurposing the old Victorian spa laundry buildings on Swallow Street/York Street to become a Learning Centre for the Roman Baths as well as a free entry visitor centre for the World Heritage Site.  There is lots of activity below ground too, with a new Investigation Zone for use by education groups and an additional highlight for visitors to the Roman Baths with access to a Roman Gymnasium area next to the Great Bath. 

We can't wait to welcome visitors to the World Heritage Centre later this year!  Inside the Centre you will be able to explore the reasons why Bath is a World Heritage Site, through displays about the hot springs, the Romans, the Georgians and Bath's green landscape setting.  You can find out more about the diversity of World Heritage Sites around the globe and about the Great Spas of Europe, a joint World Heritage Site bid by Bath and ten other spa towns in seven different European countries.  There will be maps, trails, friendly advice and a brand new app available to equip you for heading out and discovering Bath's world-class heritage for yourself.

To introduce you to Bath's World Heritage we've created some fun digital jigsaws for World Heritage Day 2021.   

Finally, if you are feeling nostalgic revisit some happy memories of how Bath celebrated World Heritage Day from 2014 to 2019.