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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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  • A truly magical place that is steeped in history and mystery. The baths are some 20 feet below the modern day street level and date back over 2000 years. Some of the artifacts are simply amazing. The body of a rich traveller and a huge haul of coins are just some examples. A must if you visit Bath. Cost is £15 for adults and you get an audio guide and some mineral water to taste at the end. It's warm and tastes of sulphur so enjoy!
  • As a historical landmark, I can't recommend The Roman Baths enough. As far as spas go, however, it fails miserably. Towel service is non-existent. Staff is downright rude, should you decide to actually try to bathe in the water, which is lukewarm, at best. The King's bath, which I considered to be the premium option I paid for, was only accessible through a literal hole in a wall. To top it off, I got the distinct impression that the facility's staff hadn't been notified of my premium package. They seemed even less pleased at my entering of the King's bath than the main spa itself. Deplorable. Sadly I also managed to drop my watch, which I could only helplessly observe as it drifted down the drain. After being so severely admonished earlier, I didn't want to chance another tongue lashing for leaping after a £12 Casio. I'm sure the fellow who cleans the filters will appreciate the find. I did manage a short dip when the surly attendant turned his back, which helped revitalise after the long bus ride. However, it was a bittersweet moment of relaxation. I found myself stood in my pants in the sauna for at least 20 minutes before my attendant happened by with a dry robe. To boot, he was quite insistent that I leave the premises at this point. In the time I spent waiting, and simply getting to the spa, however, I did happen across a number of fascinating displays. These covered interesting historical details, beautiful artifacts, and a plethora of information covering the history of the site. It was thoroughly captivating and beautifully displayed. Honestly, I feel the site is wasted as a spa and would be better suited as a historical destination and museum. Perhaps that's a change the proprietors will make in the future.
  • So much interesting information! You probably won't have time to listen to everything on the audio guide. My husband and I listened to almost everything in the museum part and by the time we were actually next to the baths, we couldn't listen much more! Such great history and storytelling. There was quite a bit for children too!
  • The museum is a great way to get a perspective on the history of Bath through the years. The museum itself is well coordinated w/ audio tour. We spent about 1.5hr listening to the audio guide. You could walk through the complete complex in 10minutes if you wanted.
  • Top place to visit in Bath. Incredible history and well preserved site. I was quite taken by what there is here to discover and explore for a very reasonable entrance fee. Very easy access and friendly and helpful staff. A true assets to the city of Bath and England. Incredible.