World Heritage Centre | The Roman Baths
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Impression of the future World Heritage Centre

World Heritage Centre

The Bath World Heritage Centre will be located in the heart of the City Centre and will have free access for all.

It will be filled with imaginative interpretation that will show people why Bath is so special and inspire and equip them with the information they need to go out and explore the amazing World Heritage City of Bath.

The City of Bath was inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site (WHS) in 1987. World Heritage Sites are described as being ‘places of outstanding universal value to the whole of humanity’. This inscription is therefore the highest and most prestigious accolade that can be bestowed upon a heritage site, with only 17 sites in England being included on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Bath is an exceptional World Heritage Site in that the entire urban area of the city is inscribed; it is the only example in the UK and the only other comparable site in Europe is Venice.

The reasons for the inscription of the City of Bath as a World Heritage Site, which are its attributes of Outstanding Universal Value, have been summarised by UNESCO as: the Hot springs, Roman remains, Georgian architecture, Georgian town planning, Georgian social setting, and its Natural landscape setting.

There is currently nowhere in the city that explains or interprets the Bath World Heritage Site for locals or visitors to Bath, and therefore there is little public awareness of the Outstanding Universal Value of Bath.

The World Heritage Centre will interpret the City of Bath for everyone. It will explain why Bath is so special and will inspire people to go out and experience the exceptional historic sites in Bath. In doing so, it will increase understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the internationally significant heritage of Bath.