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The Great Bath at the Roman Baths in Bath Spa
GNU Free Documentation LicenseThe Great Bath at the Roman Baths in Bath Spa - Credit: David Iliff
During the Victorian era, and especially before the rise of seaside holidays, spa towns were very popular as a retreat for the upper classes in terms of relaxation and health benefits. In towns with naturally occurring spring waters, men and women of high society would ‘take the waters’ over a number of weeks; cures involved anything from bathing treatments to exercise programmes to simply drinking the water. Patronised by royalty and the aristocracy, spa towns were very expensive places – not just visited for their health benefits and beauty, they were also the places that the Victorian elite went to ‘be seen’. Some of the most famous British spa towns (which continue to be so today) were Bath, Cheltenham, Royal Leamington Spa, Malvern, Harrogate and Royal Tunbridge Wells.

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