Bath and North East Somerset is an administrative region of South West England. It lies between Bristol and the Wiltshire border, bounded to the south west by the Mendip Hills and to the east by the Cotswolds. Bath is around 15 miles from the M4 and lies on a mainline rail link to London Paddington, which is 90 minutes away. Bristol airport is 20 miles to the north.
As well as the city of Bath itself, the region contains the towns of Radstock, Keynsham and Midsomer Norton. Around 178,000 people live in the area.
Bath is known for the Regency splendour of its elegant Georgian buildings and for its reconstructed Roman baths and imposing Abbey. Other attractions in the region include the tranquil Chew Valley Lake, Stanton Drew stone circle and the Kennet and Avon Canal. Two thirds of the region is designated green belt, its gently rolling countryside dotted with small villages and farms.