When the Romans found Britain’s only hot spring in the city of Bath, they built a colossal temple on the site to thank their goddess Sulis Minerva for the discovery.
Along with this, a spectacular bathing area was created and visitors from across Europe flocked to it in order used the natural warm waters for bathing. Today, the well preserved house and extensive ruin is the largest Roman bath in the world which is open to the public and the site forms the centre of the World Heritage site. Each day, the baths are still filled with 240,000 gallons of the natural 46c water which naturally flows from the area’s spring, however today’s guests are not permitted to enter the water.
The baths, which are situated below today’s street level, are surprisingly large. The baths, which are at the heart of the World Heritage site, has 4 key areas which make up the attraction, the Sacred Spring, the Roman bath house, the Roman temple along with treasures and findings from the Roman Bath. The museum has gathered a fascinating collection of artefacts from the baths from the Roman era including bronze works, sculptures and thousands of coins used in the day.
If visiting the Roman Baths, guests revel in the opportunity to meet costumed characters in the flesh who are happy to answer any probing questions visitors may have about their time spent at the baths. The characters also feature in the attractions awarding winning audio tour which tells the stories of those who were both employed and resided at the baths. Coming in 8 different languages, the audio guide is included in the admission price. For younger visitors, the Roman Baths has a special tour recorded specifically for them, which comes in English and French.
On the ground floor of the baths is the Georgian pump room, which was the heart of the town’s social scene for in excess of 200 years. This now features a number of artefacts along with a fountain from which guests are able to drink a glass of the famous spa water. Visitors can now enjoy beverages in the 18th century Georgian pump room which serves morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea to the classical sounds of the pump room trio.
If you’re looking the escape the crowds then the Roman baths are open until 10pm on July and August evenings. The whole attraction is open and is romantically lit by torchlight. Last entry on these evenings is 9pm.
As one of the largest attractions in the area, it is recommended that visitors allow an absolute minimum of 2 hours when coming to the Roman Baths in order to get the most out of the visit. Due to the fact that the Baths are located some 6 metres below street level, it is advisable that those with mobility issues contact the attraction as certain areas do carry restrictions.