By 1189 Bath receives its first Royal charter and the city is enlarged and a vast abbey on the site of the present building was constructed. Augustinian monks founded Bath's oldest charitable institution, St. John's hospital in 1180 and encouraged the sick and poor to benefit from the healing attributes of the hot springs. Eventually Bath became a city of weavers and a major manufacturing town.
The 18th century brought new vigor to the city of Bath. Apothecaries flourished in Bath as the continued influx of visitors seeking fun, love and cure. Richard Nash the official master of ceremonies set the social standards of the day and Bath became popular with the elite of society. Bath was rebuilt in the classic style from 'Bath stone' the name given to the golden oolithic limestone quarried nearby. Politicians, artist, army officers and the rich frequented Bath.
Bath today is a thriving business,cultural and university city, offering superb shopping, hotel accommodation and NEW internationally renown Thermae Bath Spa .Our private tours can depart from Salisbury Bath or London.