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Prime Location Bath Area Guide

Bath, located just southeast of Bristol, is a lovely historic city famous for the Roman Baths. The Baths led to the city being named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. Today, the city has maintained its charm whilst updating its industries and amenities.

Many companies are software, publishing and service-orientated businesses, and the education and health sectors are also big employers. The city is also a well-known tourist destination.


Bath and its surrounding areas have 176,000 residents, about 16% of whom are aged 15 and younger and almost 18% of whom are aged 65 and over. Comparatively, almost 19% of England’s population is aged 15 and younger and over 16% are aged 65 and over. Bath has a low unemployment rate, at 2.7%, and it is much lower than England’s, which is 4.4%.

Bath is not particularly ethnically diverse: almost 95% of the population describe their ethnic background as white and white British. In England, just over 85% of the population describe their ethnicity that way. In Bath, the next largest ethnic group describe their background as Asian and Asian British, and they make up 2.6% of the population. In England, those who describe themselves as Asian and Asian British make up 7.7% of the population.


The primary schools in Bath are all rated satisfactory or higher by Ofsted, and the many “outstanding” rated primary schools include St Stephen's CofE Primary School, Bathampton Primary School, and St Mary's Catholic Primary School. Most of the best secondary schools are either academies or independent. The exception to this is Saint Gregory's Catholic College, which is rated outstanding. Academies rated outstanding before converting include Beechen Cliff School and Oldfield School. Independent schools with particularly good exams scores include Prior Park College, which teaches children aged 13 to 18, and Kingswood School, which teaches children from ages 11 to 18.

Bath is home to two universities: the University of Bath and Bath Spa University. City of Bath College is Bath’s only further education college offering a wide range of vocational courses, and Norland College provides childcare training and education, teaching students to become nannies, nursery workers and other positions caring for children.


The A36 cuts right through Bath before terminating in Salisbury, and the A4 links the city with Bristol. Bath has reduced car use in the city with many park and ride services, and buses go throughout the city and to surrounding towns and cities.

Bath Spa railway station has services to destinations including London, Bristol, Cardiff and Plymouth on the Great Western Main Line and Brighton, Portsmouth and Salisbury on the Wessex Main Line. Oldfield Park railway station is a suburban station that has local services.

Amenities and shopping

Bath has had amenities that have attracted visitors to the city for thousands of years, and the modern day is no different.

Bath has five distinct shopping areas. The Central Area has a real mix of brands and smaller boutiques: Stall and Union Streets have the high street brands, and the surrounding streets have specialist shops. Upper Town, made of Bartlett Street, Margaret's Buildings and Saville Row, is home to independent luxury boutiques, whilst the Milsom Quarter is home to high-end brands like Nicole Farhi, Armani and Jigsaw, as well as Rossiters of Bath, the independent, design focused department store. The Western Area has the Green Park Station Market, which is home to locally owned shops that sell food and drinks, leather goods and antiques. It also hosts the farmers’ markets. The Artisan Quarter around Walcott and London streets is where the creative types of Bath buy and sell their crafts, antiques and health foods. Bath also has a couple of shopping centres. SouthGate Bath is a modern shopping centre with 55 shops including Tommy Hilfiger, Hotel Chocolat and Urban Outfitters. Milsom Place is a shopping centre in the Milsom Quarter. Its shops include Cath Kidston, Phase Eight, and a series of pop-up shops.

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