A family drinks the spring water which has a distinct taste and smell, as it contains more than 40 minerals and trace elements. Around 1.3million liters of water flow from the city's boreholes every day at a temperature of 40°C. The heat comes from 2.5km beneath Bath as its finds its way through fissures in the limestone hills.
Bath – Been There

Why people come to Bath to drink the most disgusting water in the world

Photo by Jochem Wijnands

Bath – Been There Why people come to Bath to drink the most disgusting water in the world

As I walk into Bath's Grand Pump Room with its elegant crystal chandeliers, I find it very easy to conjure up the romantic image left by novelists such as Jane Austen. The fine décor, classical music trio and smartly turned out staff make me feel very under-dressed, but most of the other customers are in similar casual clothes.

Kieran Meeke
Kieran Meeke Travel Writer
Bath signs of the pump room of the roman baths

Bath's Grand Pump Room dates to 1799 and features in "Northanger Abbey", the novel by Jane Austen. Photo by Jochem Wijnands

Jochem Wijnands

Jochem Wijnands

Bath's Grand Pump Room dates to 1799 and features in "Northanger Abbey", the novel by Jane Austen.

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