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Bath epitomises everything a UNESCO World Heritage Site should be: Historic buildings, quaint cobbled streets, and mesmerising Georgian architecture, surrounded by endless rolling green hills. Quintessentially British, Bath holds the title as one of the UK's prettiest cities, and even after numerous visits, it's easy to see why. An ideal place that caters to any demographic, there is something to please every traveler on a trip to Bath.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

17 Places

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17 Places

Day 1

Jika Jika

Restaurants

The Roman Baths

Historic Sites, History Museums

Bath Abbey

Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites

The Fudge Factory

Restaurants

Parade Gardens

Gardens

Pulteney Bridge

Bridges, Flea & Street Markets

Great Pulteney Street

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Holburne Museum

Art Museums

Day 2

No. 1 Royal Crescent

History Museums, Speciality Museums

The Circus

Architectural Buildings

Bath Narrowboats - Day Hire

Boat Tours, Boat Hire

Kennet & Avon Canal

Bodies of Water

Sally Lunn's Historic Eating House & Museum

Restaurants

Day 3

Thermae Bath Spa

Spas

Colonna and Small's Speciality Coffee

Restaurants

Bartlett Street Antiques Centre

Antique Stores

Milsom Street

Points of Interest & Landmarks

FollowingtheRivera's City Tips

  • Take advantage of the many cafes when exiting Bath Spa's train or bus station. Jika Jika sits conveniently between the two: great coffee coupled with a catchy name!
  • Those wanting to see more of the city should purchase a BathRider ticket. This provides unlimited rides on buses in Bath, covering approximately a 3-mile radius of the city centre.
  • Good walking shoes are well advised for the uneven cobbled streets and sloping roads.
    Day 1
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    Jika Jika
    Restaurants (Cafe, British)
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    FollowingtheRivera Says:

    A good caffeine fix to kick start your time in Bath, and conveniently located between both bus and train stations. Great lattes, freshly made sweet and savory bites, and friendly staff makes Jika Jika a great first stop.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Do not head to the branch on George Street as it is no longer open.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Jika Jika Closed: Costa Coming 23/08/2016
    • Great coffee 07/05/2016
    • Jika Jika
    Address:
    3 Brunel Square
    Bath BA1 1SX
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1225 469253
    Price range:
    US$8 - US$16
    Hours:
    Sun
    09:00 - 16:00
    Mon - Wed
    08:00 - 18:00
    Thu - Sat
    08:00 - 21:00
    Other:
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    The Roman Baths
    Historic Sites, History Museums
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    FollowingtheRivera Says:

    An absolute must for anyone visiting Bath. A historic and iconic landmark of Bath's history, revelers are taken six meters below street level to see sights such as the Sacred Spring and the Roman Temple. The baths are undoubtedly one of the city's most popular attractions, and lines build up very quickly. In short, the earlier you arrive, the better. The costumed characters add a nice touch to the tour, particularly for families traveling with children.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • While there are elevators to the baths, wheelchair users and those less mobile should be aware that there of several steps to navigate throughout the site.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 181 things to do in Bath
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A historical journey it moves all your senses 22/05/2018
    • Wow wow wow 22/05/2018
    • The Roman Baths
    Address:
    Abbey Church Yard
    Bath BA1 1LZ
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1225 477785
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Bath Abbey
    Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites
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    FollowingtheRivera Says:

    It is impossible to visit Bath without encountering one of the city's grandest landmarks. A fine example of Gothic architecture, the Abbey is not merely a church, it also serves as a signpost back to the city centre, should you ever get lost. The interior of the Abbey is far more striking than the pictures suggest, and for those feeling particularly fit, the 212 stairs to the top of the Tower should hit the spot. Needless to say, the views of Bath from the Tower are well worth the sweat beads. The many benches dotted around the Abbey also provide ample opportunity for one of my favourite pastimes: people watching.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • If you do opt to do the Tower tour, bring a bottle of water with you!
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 181 things to do in Bath
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful Abbey. Free to enter to wander around or go to a service... just asked to pay a contribution which is fair 22/05/2018
    • Trip to Bath. 22/05/2018
    • Bath Abbey
    Phone:
    +44 1225 422462
    Hours:
    Sun
    13:00 - 14:30
    16:30 - 18:00
    Mon
    09:30 - 17:30
    Tue - Fri
    09:00 - 17:30
    Sat
    09:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    The Fudge Factory
    Restaurants (British)
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    FollowingtheRivera Says:

    There is surely nothing more satisfying than a sugar rush after burning off a few hundred calories checking out the city's sights. The San Francisco Fudge Factory sells a fine range of handmade, gluten free, creamy fudge, in a wide variety of flavours. I am particularly partial to the salted caramel fudge and the cocoa dusted chili truffles.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Prices may seem higher than average, but bear in mind the top quality ingredients used in the products. Fudge is also quite rich in texture so one or two pieces should be enough!
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #83 of 478 restaurants in Bath
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Some of the best fudge ever! 16/05/2018
    • Satisfy that sweet tooth! 30/04/2018
    • The Fudge Factory
    Address:
    6 Church Street
    Abbey Green
    Bath BA1 1NL
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1225 425714
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Parade Gardens
    Gardens
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    FollowingtheRivera Says:

    A short hop, skip and a jump away from Bath Abbey is the very pretty Parade Gardens. A lovely patch of circular green, the gardens add to the tranquility typically associated with Bath. Those lucky to visit in summer can inspect the sights from street level, or enter the park itself.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Entry to the gardens is not free, so make the most of it by bringing a picnic.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #32 of 181 things to do in Bath
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very pretty grounds 18/05/2018
    • Beautiful Garden 10/05/2018
    • Parade Gardens
    Address:
    Orange Grove
    Bath BA1 1EE
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1225 477101
    Other:
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    Pulteney Bridge
    Bridges, Flea & Street Markets
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    FollowingtheRivera Says:

    Another hard to miss feature in Bath, the Palladian style bridge crosses over the River Avon, adding a hint of Venetian charm to the city. Shops and cafes are situated along this Grade I listed structure, and views from the bridge offer a different perspective.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Take pictures! There is a reason why the bridge is one of the most photographed.
    • The Bridge Coffee Shop is also a nice stop to take a refreshment break.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 181 things to do in Bath
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Walk on history 22/05/2018
    • Interesting Only 1 of 3 of this style of bridge with shops in Europe. 22/05/2018
    • Pulteney Bridge
    Phone:
    +44 1225 477101
    Other:
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    Great Pulteney Street
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    FollowingtheRivera Says:

    Carry on walking from Pulteney Bridge and you will find yourself on Bath's widest street. With both sides lined with the Georgian style homes atypical of the city, Great Pulteney Street not only makes for a pleasant walk, but it also leads to another place of interest, the Holburne Museum.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Wear flat shoes. The roads in Bath seem endless at times, and Great Pulteney Street is no exception.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 181 things to do in Bath
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lovely Street 10/05/2018
    • What a grand street 25/04/2018
    • Great Pulteney Street
    Phone:
    +44 1225 807015
    Other:
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    Holburne Museum
    Art Museums
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    FollowingtheRivera Says:

    Nestled in the Sydney Pleasure Gardens, the Holburne Museum is definitely worth a visit. Bath's first public museum, entry is free (though donations are welcome) and exhibitions range from classic to contemporary. I was fortunate to be there to see several pieces from the Caneletto exhibition being transported inside the building!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Grab a drink or a bite to eat at the Garden Cafe. Beautiful surroundings, and all proceeds from purchases go to supporting the museum.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 181 things to do in Bath
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Absolute pleasure. 16/05/2018
    • A real gem 06/05/2018
    • Holburne Museum
    Address:
    Great Pulteney Street
    Bath BA2 4DB
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1225 388588
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 - 17:00
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Day 2
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    No. 1 Royal Crescent
    History Museums, Speciality Museums
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    FollowingtheRivera Says:

    Begin day two with a visit to one of Bath's most famous attractions: Royal Crescent. Though No. 1 Royal Crescent is a museum, the main attraction is the crescent-shaped formation of Georgian style houses found on this row. This particular Grade I listed building offer views of nearby Victoria Park, and while some of the other houses here are residential, no. 16 is home to the Royal Crescent Hotel.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Sample a traditional English afternoon tea, scones, and clotted cream, at the Royal Crescent Hotel. Be sure to reserve before visiting!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 181 things to do in Bath
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice little museum 22/05/2018
    • Most illuminating insight into how these houses were lived in. 20/05/2018
    • No. 1 Royal Crescent
    Address:
    1 Royal Crescent
    Bath BA1 2LR
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1225 338727
    Price range:
    US$18 - US$18
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    The Circus
    Architectural Buildings
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    FollowingtheRivera Says:

    A short walk from the Royal Crescent lies another Bath treasure, The Circus. A circular architectural display of Georgian townhouses, the attraction is a wondrous sight and a particular treat for anyone interested in history, design, and the architecture of John Wood the Elder.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Change camera settings to "panoramic" (if available) to try and capture the best of The Circus.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 181 things to do in Bath
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Just cool 22/05/2018
    • Touring round Bath 18/05/2018
    • The Circus
    Phone:
    +44 1225 466020
    Other:
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    Bath Narrowboats - Day Hire
    Boat Tours, Boat Hire
    FollowingtheRivera Says:

    Spend an afternoon cruising along the peaceful Kennet & Avon Canal on a traditional narrowboat. Various options for boat hire include full day, half day, and even overnight trips. The boats accommodate 1 to 12 people, and is great value for those wanting to explore the Kennet & Avon Canal and its surrounding countryside. I would recommend bringing a picnic lunch to ensure full stomachs and happy faces; alternatively, Bath Narrowboats can provide a gourmet hamper (if ordered in advance.)

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Bath Narrowboats also do a very reasonably priced bike hire for those more inclined to travel on concrete than water.
    • Bath Narrowboats can be tricky to find. Walk along Bathwick Hill till you reach the Tesco supermarket. Here. you'll find some steps that lead to Sydney Wharf, where the company is situated.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 10 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Bath
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • What a fantastic day. 01/05/2018
    • Narrowboat Fun, a Great Day on the Canel 27/02/2018
    • Bath Narrowboats - Day Hire
    Address:
    Sydney Wharf Bathwick Hill
    Sydney Wharf
    Bath BA2 4EL
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1225 447276
    Other:
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    Kennet & Avon Canal
    Bodies of Water
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    FollowingtheRivera Says:

    The Kennet & Avon Canal is a waterway that covers some of the country's most scenic areas. With many bike paths situated along the canal, cycling is a popular way to explore Bath and its surrounding areas. Despite the unpredictable English weather, I'd still recommend spring/summer to cycle the route.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Be mindful of pedestrians if cycling.
    • The route along the canal is very peaceful, so be respectful of this and of the local residents.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #173 of 542 things to do in Somerset
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • An oasis 03/05/2018
    • Long Five Hour Walk 08/04/2018
    • Kennet & Avon Canal
    Address:
    Runs from the Severn Estuary near Bristol to the River Thames at Reading
    BA1 1EE
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1225 477101
    Other:
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    Sally Lunn's Historic Eating House & Museum
    Restaurants (Cafe, International, British, Soups)
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    FollowingtheRivera Says:

    A trip to Bath would not be complete without a visit to Sally Lunn's Historic Eating House. Accept no imitations, as no Bath bun compares to those served here. The Bath Cream Tea is still my favorite: Half a Sally Lunn's bun topped with homemade cinnamon butter and served with plenty of clotted cream. Oh, and house tea is included too. There are no words nor pictures that do it justice, you must try it for yourself!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Entry to the museum is free with any purchase.
    • The all-day menu ends at 6pm, and then switches to a dinner menu. In short, allow ample time to get your sweet bun fix!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #97 of 478 restaurants in Bath
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • History live 22/05/2018
    • Saturday pre-theatre dinner 21/05/2018
    • Sally Lunn's Historic Eating House & Museum
    Address:
    Sally Lunn's House
    4 North Parade Passage
    Bath BA1 1NX
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1225 461634
    Price range:
    US$5 - US$27
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 21:00
    Other:
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    Thermae Bath Spa
    Spas
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    FollowingtheRivera Says:

    It would be a crime to visit Bath, and not sample the very experience that the city takes its historic name from! With many hotels in the city offering spa facilities, the Thermae Bath Spa has gained a popular following, and after my own visit, it is easy to see why. Beautifully maintained historic surroundings, friendly and accommodating staff, and wonderful spa facilities places the Thermae Bath Spa high on my list. Its ethos centres around inclusiveness, meaning that everyone is welcome; it's great value for money, and there are also a range of spa treatments available to book. I myself will be returning soon to try a Watsu massage - a form of Shiatsu massage that takes place in the natural thermal waters of the Hot Bath. The star of the show however, is undeniably the rooftop pool, an experience made even more memorable if you're lucky to experience some sunshine while bathing!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Go for lunch in your bathrobe (ask for a new, dry one!). Though the specials change daily, the menu staple of sea bream and Dauphinoise potatoes is delicious.
    • Inquire before visiting whether the Cross Bath is available to use. Housed in a separate building, you can enjoy this open-air thermal bath with its own changing facilities.
    • Be sure to visit the pod-like steam rooms, where aromas change daily, and address different concerns, i.e. stress or relaxation.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 12 Spas & Wellness in Bath
    • Visit with friends 22/05/2018
    • Expensive but worth it 22/05/2018
    • Thermae Bath Spa
    Address:
    Hetling Pump Room Hot Bath Street
    Hot Bath Street
    Bath BA1 1SJ
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1225 331234
    Price range:
    US$32 - US$32
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 21:30
    Other:
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    Colonna and Small's Speciality Coffee
    Restaurants (Cafe)
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    FollowingtheRivera Says:

    Another coffee I hear you say? Yes! But this is no ordinary coffee. Founded by two-time UK Barista Champion, Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood, this minimalist gem serves specialty blends, with selections changing on a weekly basis. Choose from three espressos or a filter coffee at the Brew Bar - passionate about coffee, this is one cafe that is sure to satisfy even the snobbiest of coffee snobs!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Pick the staff's brains for advice on which specialty coffee to try.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 478 restaurants in Bath
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautifully made coffee! 20/05/2018
    • Latte or l’arty 14/05/2018
    • Colonna and Small's Speciality Coffee
    Address:
    6 Chapel Row
    Bath BA1 1HN
    England
    Phone:
    07766-808-067
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 - 16:00
    Mon - Fri
    08:00 - 17:30
    Sat
    08:30 - 17:30
    Other:
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    Bartlett Street Antiques Centre
    Antique Stores
    FollowingtheRivera Says:

    Situated just off George Street, Bartlett Street offers far more than the Antique Centre. A little off the beaten track, Bartlett Street also has several great independent stores tucked away along its stretch, selling clothes and household goods.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Feeling peckish? Pop in to Same Same But Different to sample their selection of tapas with a twist.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #95 of 181 things to do in Bath
    • Getting too expensive now 13/09/2017
    • Lots of stuff to see 04/10/2016
    • Bartlett Street Antiques Centre
    Address:
    8 Bartlett Street
    Bath BA1 2QZ
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1225 487888
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 - 16:30
    Other:
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    Milsom Street
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    FollowingtheRivera Says:

    If high-end shopping is your thing, Milsom Street is just the place for you. Boutique shopping, pop-up shops, and designer brands can be found on this street, as well as Jolly's department store (part of popular UK chain House of Fraser), which features all the usual goods expected from a large store.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Take pictures of the old street signs and markings on the walls between Milsom Street and Union Street.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #27 of 181 things to do in Bath
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Architectural delight on a Sunny afternoon 24/04/2018
    • Very good shopping area 09/04/2018
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