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Roman Bath-house, Ravenglass

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Ravenglass Roman Bath House is a ruined ancient Roman bath house at Ravenglass, Cumbria, England. Belonging to a 2nd-century Roman fort and naval base, the bath house is described by Matthew Hyde in his update to the Pevsner Guide to Cumbria as \"an astonishing survival\". The still standing walls are 13 ft high, there are patches of the internal rendering, in dull red and white cement, and traces of the splayed window openings remain.

The remaining fragment appears to be the west end of a building which was about 40 ft/12 metres wide and about 90 ft/27 metres long. It consisted of a suite of rooms arranged in a double sequence along the building. The entrance and changing area contains niches, perhaps originally for statues. The use of the other rooms is not known, but there would have been a range of warm rooms, a hot bath and a cold plunge. The north and south walls have external buttresses which were probably intended to take the weight of a vaulted roof. Excavations were carried out at the bath house in 1881. Remains of the hypocaust heating system were uncovered, but they have since been reburied.
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  • My husband and I made a detour to here on our way home to Glasgow from Ravenglass in the Lake District. I had seen part of Hadrian's Wall in another location when I was at school (a long time ago!) bu...  more »
  • Had a walk to the Roman Baths as we were staying in Ravenglass. Always great to see Roman Britain. Not much left to see but worth going if you're in the area and got a free hour.  more »
  • It's 2000 years old and parts of it are still standing can't see any part of my house still standing in anywhere near that long. Information stuff scattered around to explain that roman period and wha...  more »
  • Historic ruins about 20mins on foot from ravenglass stn. Worth a visit not just for the ruins but the surrounding countryside.
  • Good walk from the station.
  • The Roman Bath-house is an amazing piece of history - that such an ancient structure should have survived so long and in such good condition. If you are a history or ancient building enthusiast then it is an obvious visit - maybe ten minutes walk from Ravenglass station. But those who are not history or ancient building enthusiasts may wonder what the fuss is all about - it looks like a (well-preserved-but-ruined) old building. It is a shame that there is not more information at the site to explain how the baths would have looked in the context of the Roman fort on the site.
  • Nice ruins. Nice walk in from Ravenglass.
  • Yes, it may look like just another Roman.ruin but it is much more than that. These are possibly the best preserved remains of a bath house this far north. Worth the wee walk from Ravenglass