North East Somerset
Bath and North East Somerset is a unitary authority that was created on 1 April 1996 following the abolition of the County of Avon. Covering an area of 220 square miles (570 km2), the authority stretches from the outskirts of Bristol, south into the Mendip Hills in the county of Somerset and east to the southern Cotswold Hills and Wiltshire border. The city of Bath is the principal settlement in the district.
Bath is approximately 15 miles (24 km) southeast of Bristol, The city is on the A4 road link from London to Bristol, and is a south of the M4 motorway. The A37 and A368 trunk roads, and a network of smaller roads also serve Bath and North East Somerset. Bristol International Airport is about 18 miles, and there are main line railway links from Bath Spa railway station.
North East Somerset Attractions
North East Somerset has several major attractions including the famous City of Bath, a World Heritage Site since 1976. Bath is a major tourist centre and has a range of attractions museums including the Victoria Art Gallery, Roman Baths, Pump Rooms, Museum of East Asian Art, Herschel Museum of Astronomy and Holburne Museum of Art. The American Museum is at Claverton Downs. Avon Valley Railway is near by.
The River Avon and Kennet and Avon Canal pass through Nort East Somerset. The 100 miles Cotswold Way begins or ends in the city. Bath Race Course is situated at Lansdown and Bath Rugby Club of the Guiness Premiership play at the Recreation Ground.
There are a number of golf courses and the local authority manages a number of leisure centres.