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Roman Baths

Enter a historical realm of antiquity and magic at the Roman Baths, one of the most visited Heritage sites in the UK. Once a great religious spa in the ancient world, discover Roman relics within this stunning architectural space; you’ll be transported to prehistoric times and immerse yourself in rich history. Follow original Roman pavements through the Baths, explore the terrace adorned with statues dating to 1894, with your first view of the Baths from this prestigious entrance. On entering the museum, you’ll uncover models which introduce Roman Britain and the town of Aquae Sulis. Explore the Temple Pediment and archaic ruins, where the statue of the Goddess Sulis Minerva was housed in Roman times. 

With an array of artefacts to discover, you’ll expand your knowledge of ancient Rome and the people who lived, worked and visited the religious spa. In order to worship the goddess Sulis Minerva, the baths were visited by the people of Aquae Sulis for a spiritual journey. The mystery behind the use of this building remains today, with allusions to curses and nightly worships taking place. Follow in the footsteps of past worshippers, cross the suspended walkway over the Temple courtyard and explore the sacred area of Roman prayer.  

At the heart of this world heritage site, you’ll discover the Sacred Spring; for thousands of years, naturally hot water soars to the surface every day – 240,000 gallons to be exact! A stunning natural phenomenon to our past ancestors, thought to possess healing powers and medicinal abilities. Taste the renowned spa waters for yourself, rich in 43 minerals and supposed restorative qualities. Perhaps it will be just the elixir of life you’ve been searching for…

Without revealing too many spoilers, it’s safe to say there’s plenty of historical finds to be discovered in the museum collection. With audio guides available in English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, (the list goes on…) Korean, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish – there’s no bounds to the history which awaits you. 

Fancy delving into a unique experience at The Roman Baths? You can take part in various specialised activities throughout the year, from T’ai chi on the terrace to the ‘Ancient Romans and their Gods’ day school with George Sharpley. For those in pursuit of a mysterious quest, why not take your chances at the Roman Baths Escape Room experience – Roman Rescue. Will you make it out in time...? 

You’ll find two Roman Baths gift shops on site with a range of souvenirs and keepsakes, from Bath Botanical Gin to a souvenir bottle of hot spring water from the Baths themselves! Feeling peckish? For a fabulous foodie experience, the Pump Room restaurant and Roman Baths Kitchen for delectable dining in an exquisitely famed setting. 

Feeling inspired? The Roman Baths are open daily, 9:30 – 5pm with guided tours available for a more in-depth experience. Visit Roman Baths for more information. 

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The Roman Baths, Abbey Church Yard, Bath BA1 1LZ | 01225 477867 | romanbaths_bookings@bathnes.gov.uk 

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