The Roman Baths are well-preserved thermae in the city of Bath, Somerset, England. A temple was constructed on the site between 60-70AD in the first few decades of Roman Britain. Its presence led to the development of the small Roman urban settlement known as Aquae Sulis around the site. The Roman baths—designed for public bathing—were used until the end of Roman rule in Britain in the 5th Century AD. According to the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, the original Roman baths were in ruins a century later. The area around the natural springs was redeveloped several times during the Early and Late Middle Ages.
The Roman Baths are preserved in four main features: the Sacred Spring, the Roman Temple, the Roman Bath House, and a museum which holds artefacts from Aquae Sulis. However, all buildings at street level date from the 19th century. It is a major tourist attraction in the UK, and together with the Grand Pump Room, receives more than 1.3 million visitors annually. Visitors can tour the baths and museum but cannot enter the water.
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Diede | Feb 5, 2018
Amazing, must see when you're in Bath! It was just gorgeous. Perfect if you love Roman history, this gives a glimpse into the life of Romans in Bath, how they used their beautiful bath house and temple. The audioguides add more interesting information to the experience. It's not just the baths, but a whole museum too. It's amazing, definitely worth your money and time
Stefan Nubert | Jan 23, 2018
I've been to the Roman Baths a number of times over the years. It's a fantastic attraction for all ages/levels of interest. The layout and the journey it takes you through is fantastic. The staff are helpful and the audio guides very good. Given Roman history is a major of interest of mine I may be somewhat biased but its well worth a visit. It's a major historic attraction in the UK and an important part of our history and links with the Roman Empire. It can get busy at times but as the main attraction in the town its hardly surprising and its quite pricey to get in.
Temma Carruthers-Taylor | Feb 27, 2018
I had a great time seeing the Roman baths. They have done a excellent job bringing the old bath houses to life for tourists. Make sure you leave a decent amount of time to wonder the area as there is quite a bit to see. Not jist in the bath houses themselves, but the local abbey and town. Lovely area.
Katharine Searle-Barnes | Feb 16, 2018
It is wonderful, the staff are the most lovely people I have ever met (defiantly need to be paid more) so the public should be nicer to them! Honestly such an amazing experience and very exciting now they have the new archiological tours!! The Pump Room restaurant is beautiful and the 'real Romans' by the Great Bath are wonderful. Such an fantastic experience that I shall never forget.
Lucy Jones | Feb 26, 2018
A wonderful museum experience woven into the original architecture. Beautiful mosaics from Roman times plus tonnes of artefacts and a skeleton! The museum and baths are really interesting for old and young alike. Plus you can dress up as an actual Roman! Worth every penny.
Ian Bashforth | Mar 31, 2018
Lots of information, fascinating and well presented artifacts and clear information boards. The audio guides provided and my son with lots of additional information and I would highly recommend using one. There is a child friendly alternative for these audio guides for most displays which helps a great deal. The area around the Great Bath is a fantastic photo opportunity, but take care not to put your hand in the water. There are some parts where it is ready to reach and naturally tempting to feel the temperature etc, but an attendant shouted at us for doing so and stated the water isn't safe to even touch and may make us ill so we needed to wash our hands immediately. I understand this but think there should be better signage, I had to look for the small sign after we had been informed. We didn't eat in the restaurant but it looked very nice, and I would highly recommend a visit.
Chris Kruljac | Mar 26, 2018
Great exhibit! Take advantage of the audio tour to learn details on each stop of the exhibit. There is much more to this site than just the pool. You learn how it worked (powered by the only hot spring in England) how it was used, who used it and how it expanded over the years. Within the exhibit building you are able to see actual foundations of the original structures around the baths. Nice touch! I would leave yourself two hours to get through everything without skipping sections. Crowds could slow you down. Gift shop was a mob scene when I was there, so plan accordingly.
Justin Schmitz | Mar 30, 2018
If you love your roman history, you won't be disappointed. Full of amazing works, architecture and historical significance. You get to touch and feel the exact walls and statues that the people of the time of its creation did. I was truly impressed and very grateful to be apart of it. Well priced and great layout.
Tatiana Yoko | Mar 25, 2018
Very interesting place. The audio guide is very useful and beside the description of the baths it also teach us about history and Roman culture. There are actors dressed in ancient clothes representing the people who used to frequent the place. They have a special place where u can taste the water, which many believe has medicinal properties.
Claire Bailey | Mar 11, 2018
Its such a Wonderful Place to be. The technology that was used to build this Beautiful Place and Why is so very clever thought out. Even in today's knowledge. To smell the waters and in the Pump Room Restaurant you are still allows you to drink it. I cannot praise it enough that we are Privileged to be able to still feel the history within its walls.
Rebecca Moore | May 1, 2018
Came here for a birthday weekend away with my partner and this was one of the highlights. I wish I'd had more time to listen to all the tour points but we had booked at the spa so had to leave. This is an amazing place, the architecture is stunning and the audio tour is superb, a really brilliant way to learn all the history at your own pace and in whatever order you choose. I would love to come back with my children and follow the children's audio tour around with them. Highly recommended and well worth the entry fee.
Nikita Deshpande | May 6, 2018
Very cool experience and friendly staff to explain what we’re seeing. It was a very informative self guided tour, but a few employees were there to do a guided tour if desired. Really cool to see the history of Bath through the exhibit. My fave part were the actual notes thrown into the hot springs from ~30 AD. You could drink the spring water at the end in the Pump Room too (but it tasted funny for sure)!
Nicholas Berg | Apr 13, 2018
The relatively high prices were more than justified, with a comprehensive audio tour, live tour, and extensive museum collection all included. Highly recommended. It was rather crowded on the Easter long weekend, would recommend aiming for a quieter time to feel more immersed. A rushed look could be completed in under an hour, but ideally recommend between 3 and 4 hours to explore the entire site and museum. Audio tour has separate tracks aimed at children to bring them into the history, a very well thought out touch.
Sabrina Gell | Apr 6, 2018
This is one of those places that you really have to be able to appreciate. It's amazing to see the ingenuity they had in creating these baths, using a natural hot spring. The engineering and history behind this place is pretty interesting. I also liked learning about the temple part of the baths. I think this was ingesting, but I can appreciate that for many it might not be anything too exciting.
Susan Pratt | May 31, 2018
My husband and I had a wonderful time touring the Roman Baths. There was lots of information and supplemental displays that helped us learn more about the baths. The audio tour was very easy to use and was very informative. The ruins were wonderfully preserved. I saw many people touching the water even though they're not supposed to. I really enjoyed being able to drink the purified bathwater at the end of the tour. The place is busy and oftentimes we were shoulder to shoulder with people but it was worth it. A must not miss historical site.
Olivia Jastrzemski | May 30, 2018
This was absolutely amazing. We thought it was just going to be a single, giant bath and nothing else. It turned out to be an extremely informative, interesting, museum with plenty to see and learn about! There were many rooms and artifacts to look at. We had the audio guide which was very helpful. It was beautiful and the architecture was stunning. The water in the bath is the original water, as well. At the end, you can drink the mineral water from the origin of the water in the bath. My friends and I drank it, but then felt lethargic the rest of the day...not sure if it was from the mineral water, but I would not recommend drinking it!
Andrei T | May 28, 2018
One for the History Lovers Being fascinated with anything Roman we were keen to visit the Roman Baths during our trip to Bath. We purchased a ticket online which helped to skip the slightly larger ticket queue and saved a bit on the entrance fee. The ruins are fairly impressive and there was more than expected to walk around and see although it was incredibly busy which made it at times tricky to see some of the items. Definitely worth a visit if you like to drink in a bit of history. It took approx one hour to see around it properly.
Linda Harmaala | May 26, 2018
An interesting visit if you're a fan of history and/or museums. Free audio guide tour available. The tour starts with the beautiful outer pool viewed from above, followed by inner rooms of the spa containing relics and old status/excavated objects. The life of the Romans is explained nicely using subtle projections on the walls of the spa rooms. The tour ends on the bottom level of the outer pool, accompanied by a taste of the bath water for those who want it.
Maddie DePree | Jul 10, 2018
BELIEVE THE HYPE! The Roman Baths are a must for anyone visiting Bath. I’ve been twice in the past year and would eagerly return a third time. It’s a great attraction for people of any age—fun, kid-friendly, and wheelchair-accessible. The site itself is beautiful, and the history encapsulated there is amazing. The audio guide enhances each portion of the attraction nicely. I particularly liked the Bill Bryson audio tour. Gift shop was lovely too. Don’t forget to taste some of the spa water at the end of your tour!
Dawn M Griffin | Jul 5, 2018
Amazing place! Must see even if you have very little time, it can be managed. Tour is self guided so you do not need a tour guide... unless you want one. Employees are very friendly and helpful! Watch your step as the stones and bricks are old, and have gaps! See the Abbey, too! It's beautiful, and accepts donations.
Josephine Roberts | Jun 22, 2018
A staple of any visit to the UK. It was wonderful to have living history docents to chat to you about life at the bath during the Roman era. They have done a lot to make the site more accessible to all ages and all education backgrounds. I like that the audio tour is included in the price of admission. The videos of actors projected on screens in parts was both helpful and distracting as a way to see what the rooms were used for, but I felt a longer pause between loops wouldn't have gone amiss. Glad it was open late, but I wish the Pump Room had been as well.
Rosie Edgar | Jun 27, 2018
Very atmospheric. Very interesting. Bigger than I remembered, as in, more to see. I loved the way you could see the water coming up through the ground and feel the heat. Only downside were the crowds. Get there early like we did (10am) because by 2pm the queue was very long to get in.
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