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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. A visit to The Roman Baths represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Bath online road trip planner to plot your vacation.
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  • Very interesting. Get there early, it gets very crowded and it can be warm. Lots of great photo opportunities  more »
  • I’m a Roman history nut and enjoyed visiting this spot it’s amazing how much the were able to restore and preserve.  more »
  • I visited Uk last year in June and I was accommodated in London initially but my goal was to reach Bath , to visit the Roman Baths. And I did it and I was so pleased and thrilled about this...  more »
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  • Well, I had planned my visit via a guided tour (picks you up from London-Victoria Coach station and drops you off during the evening time back near Victoria) that turned out to be unexpectedly and surprisingly sweet. The guide explained everything about the Roman Baths to us throughout the journey in an utterly professional and a comprehensively pleasing way. Now coming on to the city of Bath itself; It's architecture, scenic beauty, countenance, historical & archaeological importance.... are second to none. Roman Baths, as you might have seen in the pictures are nothing but beautifully constructed spas and bathing pools, built around the natural hot water thermal geysers that were used by the great Romans who invaded Britain back in the day. The tickets for visiting the Roman Baths were included in the package, however, there's a £4 entry fee if you'd want to visit the Bath Abbey (you don't wanna miss it, it's only £4, big deal!). But it's certainly worth it. Don't forget to check out the arc-like buildings called as "Circus". That's one picturesque spot. Then there's the beautiful city centre for the ones who prefer shopping their heads out and refilling their tummies. There's loads of brands out there with their outlets and many restaurants, pubs and cafes to devour and gobble up ravenously. All in all, it's a perfect one-day tour/excursion. Mind you, it's crowded and busy during summers (but also much beautiful) and I visited it during the winter period when there were lesser number of people visiting this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hope you find this review helpful
  • A fantastic preservation of one of the most unique features of Roman Britain. Any history lover, casual or full, will enjoy what is on offer in this museum. You will be given a self guided tour packed with detail, also includes plenty of audio info points for children. You'll see the well preserved remains of a temple as well as the well known bathing section. At the end you will be able to try the warm spring water straight from the tap! Supposedly it's good for you but I'll leave that up to you!
  • An absolutely fascinating preservation of Roman era hot baths. If you are at all interested in history, this museum is worth the time to see. The tour is self guided, and takes you through many facets of Roman life. It is a great way to spend a few hours, and you even get an opportunity to taste the hot spring waters! It is said to provide vitality, strength, and a myriad of other benefits to those who drink enough. 100% recommend to any history nerd.
  • If you are in Bath this is absolutely a "must see". We did it in combination with the Fashion Museum (which was also quite nice) and spent more than three hours there. There is are a lot of displays to see and the building itself is worth your attention. Most of our last hour was spent on the guided tour (included in the price of admission) which was very good. Our group was a manageable size (about a dozen) and the guide was great. She was enthusiastic and informed, and was able to respond to questions from the group with authority and confidence. All in all a very nice afternoon.
  • This is a whole museum experience indoors as well as the outdoor terraces. I had been 30 years ago, and they've really upped their public engagement offer. Allow 90+ minutes. Entry was efficient and friendly. Flow of customers was slow and congested in the early display areas, and there's a lot to see. If you don't need to see every single item, relax and stroll past the most congested areas. Great photo opportunities and the information displays are top notch. The audio guides are well done. There's a children's version of the audio guide with actors playing characters, which seems a charming idea. We didn't have a mini-reviewer on the day to assess. The child visitors in attendance seemed Not Best Pleased after whatever duration, so if visiting with the littles, plan for the Highlights version: upper terrace, quick tour in museum displays, lower terrace, indoor excavation areas, sip the hot spring water, optional gift shop, and out. Sliding scale of Not Particularly Accessible if you have mobility issues or issues standing for long periods.

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