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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. Before you head to Bath, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Bath online road trip planner , to make sure you see all that Bath has to offer, including The Roman Baths.
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  • You can visit Bath without going to the Roman Baths. The tour is very informative about life in Bath during Roman times.  more »
  • The Museum is a courtyard with a large stone swimming pool and plenty of small rooms with detailed and fairly exhibits here as it was in the Roman Empire.
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  • Individual headsets so useful and displays so well arranged. Certainly worth a visit but allow enough time  more »
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  • 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)!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Amazing place. Its incredible how they were able to offer this experience of actually being there so many centuries after it was built and buried for hundreds of years. They have glass Floors so you can see the original stone floors underneath. There are pieces of carved figures in the original areas they were supposed to be. They have scale models. You can taste the thermal waters and take some home with you if you want. The info is very academic and easy tho understand.its a national museum. Dates from BC.
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