Sunday 16 June 2019

Roman Baths

The Roman Baths, Abbey Church Yard, Bath, BA1 1LZ | (01225) 477785

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Arguably one of the most recognisable historic sights in the south west, The Roman Baths in Bath is one of the finest examples of Roman architecture to still exist.

Guests are invited to take a trip through time, thanks to a range of interactive exhibits, ancient artefacts and CGI projections; creating an immersive experience suitable for the whole family.

Starting your journey in the baths’ Victorian reception, guests with pushchairs can exchange them free-of-charge for a backpack-style child carrier, perfect for exploring The Roman Baths’ many levels and unusual rooms. It’s also here where visitors can pick up a personal audioguide, included in the price of admission.

Available in 12 languages and read by famous names such a Bill Bryson and Michael Rosen, The Roman Baths’ award-winning audioguides include witty observations on Roman life, history and society, and are based around the stories of people who were known to have visited in the baths during Roman times.

As you start exploring, take your pick from a number of fascinating exhibits such as Meet the Romans, where you’ll learn about the people who lived and worked in Aquae Sulis – the Roman name for Bath.

Other highlights include The Beau Street Hoard, an internationally significant collection of 17,000 Roman coins discovered in the city in 2007; The Temple Pediment which is one of only two truly classical temples from Roman Britain; and the Changing Rooms and Saunas, which host projections and CGI reconstructions – a truly immersive experience.

Make your way to the Sacred Spring at the heart of The Roman Baths where 240,000 gallons of naturally hot water rises each day, and pore over the many objects which were thrown into the spring as offerings to the goddess Sulis Minerva.

Peruse the cold circular plunge pool as it’s brought to life with animated projections and explore the Great Bath, the enormous and iconic pool where Romans walked.

If all that exploring has worked up an appetite, guests can book a table at the Pump Room Restaurant, one of the most elegant places to eat in the city. Enjoy modern British meals and tempting afternoon tea comprised of homemade scones with clotted cream and jam, delicious cakes and tarts, and a selection of sandwiches.

Conclude your visit with a taste of treated spa water from the fountain, containing 43 minerals and known for its curative purposes.

For more information call (01225) 477785, email Romanbaths_bookings@bathnes.gov.uk or visit romanbaths.co.uk directly.

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