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The Roman Baths, Bath

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See how ancient Romans bathed at The Roman Baths. Hot springs have bubbled up in Bath since time immemorial, and the Romans began developing a temple and public bathhouse here around 60 CE. Today, you can tour the various sections of the incredibly well-preserved complex, including the Sacred Spring, the Roman Temple, and the Roman Bath House. The main area of interest is the open-air, column-lined Great Bath. When you enter the site, make sure to take the audio guide that's included in the ticket price. After touring the different areas, enter the museum to see artifacts collected from the original bath. As tempting as it might be to bathe yourself where ancient Romans once did, the site does not permit you to enter the water. See The Roman Baths and all Bath has to offer by arranging your trip with our Bath vacation generator.
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  • The lovely thing about old European cities is the history, buildings linking us back not just a couple of centuries but 2 or more millennium. Walking round the Baths you get a real feel of how the Rom...  more »
  • Really interesting place to visit, lots to see and learn about. It was busy though, so I probably wouldn't recommend going in the afternoon!  more »
  • The Roman Baths are not to be missed! Extensive ruins with a great museum to put them in historical context. Take the time to view the Baths and associated exhibits and you will not be disappointed.  more »
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  • The 2000 year old Roman Bath is a wonderful historic/geographic site to visit in Bath town, where nearly 100,000 litres of hot water gushes from the ground. We opted for an Audio Guide Tour and it was very enlightening to learn about the history of the place. They also run guided tours every hour. I was very impressed with how they have excavated and developed this as a world class tourist attraction. They have used projectors to recreate scenes from the old ages when the Bath was operational. You can also taste the waters towards the end of the tour. I highly recommend visiting here. We took nearly 2 hours to complete our visit. Additionally, do spend some time at Bath town, which is equally alluring as well.
  • Great day out - spent several hours here learning plenty. Recommend listening to the kids audio guide as well as the adults (even for adults without kids!) as it was fun and very educational. Would have liked to have had more more general information about Roman Britain and how the baths were used but maybe we missed it! Overall well worth the time and money - but dedicate several hours to it!
  • Acceptable pricing. People writing bad reviews need to appreciate what is and isn't Roman and actually listen to the audio guides to get real context to what a great historical place it is. It's nice to have an attraction which can be done within 2 hours. Due to the nature of the place, things are quite small and it does get millions of visitors a year so it makes sense it gets cramped at times​. We found ourselves blocked on small walkways while photo happy tourists blocked the way.
  • Quite informative tour with the hand held audio tours which come included in the ticket price, there was a guided tour on the hour every hour as well. The guide Laure was relatable and had visual aids. She was patient with my five year old son. You get a sample drink of the spring water at the end of the tour as well. The prices could be a bit less, once you see the bath and here the history with the guided tour, I was happy, the museum was a bit too much information about small details for me, someone into tiny details would love it.
  • Extremely overrated place, small, tight, full with lots of tourists at any time, crowded, most museum area is dark. Only the main Bath is famous and spectacular, the remained ones are inside and less visible. 1 hour is enough to go around, people stay longer because they stop at every certain points where they can hear something in the audio guide. So we can see lots of people with audio guide on their ears block the ways... Because of the dark places and crowd it's impossible to take normal pictures of anything or have a closer look what we are interested in. Entry is above £15, but while Bath is very expensive by the way, built on the tourism so be prepared with a small fortune to spend.

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Where to stay in Bath

A quintessential British town filled with quaint teashops and riverside promenades, Bath is packed with a variety of hotels suitable for a range of travel budgets. For a leisurely experience of this ancient spa destination, consider staying at a stylish B&B, where you can enjoy a private room and a hearty breakfast. To enjoy that feel of home-away-from-home and indulge in some "me" time at an ultimate urban retreat, book your rooms at one of Bath's many spa hotels. These luxury hotels offer top spa and fitness facilities, many of which are open to guests not staying at the hotel as well.
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