Spotlight on The Roman Baths

The Roman Baths is located at the heart of the World Heritage City of Bath. Here, the Romans built a magnificent temple and bathing complex on the site of Britain’s only hot spring, which still flows with naturally hot water today.

The Roman Baths

You can walk around the steaming Great Bath where people bathed nearly 2,000 years ago, see the ruins of the temple of Sulis Minerva where Roman worshippers gathered, and explore the fascinating Roman Baths museum.The East Baths, adjacent to the famous Great Bath, have just been redisplayed with lifelike projections of Roman characters using what would have been the women’s quarters of the Roman Baths.

Costumed characters bring to life the stories of past inhabitants. You might meet a Roman lady called Flavia, slave girl Apulia, stonemasons Sulinus and Brucetus, or a travelling merchant named Peregrinus.

Award-winning audioguides in 12 languages are included in the admission price. There is a special audioguide for children, narrated by Michael Rosen, and a ‘Bryson at the Baths’ version featuring commentary from Bill Bryson.

The Pump Room

During the 18th century Bath became a fashionable place for the wealthy to visit and the Grand Pump Room was built above the remains of the medieval and Roman baths to enable visitors of the time to meet and take the waters.Today, the magnificent Pump Room restaurant serves coffee, lunch and afternoon tea accompanied by live music. The Roman Baths Kitchen opposite offers bistro-style food and drink in an original Georgian townhouse.

Don’t forget to taste the famous spa water (containing 43 minerals) from the fountain in the West Baths, or alternatively from the traditional fountain in The Pump Room above.

There are two shops selling interesting and exclusive gifts – many with a Roman and Georgian flavour – as well as guidebooks, postcards, prints and mini bottles of spa water. One of the shops is at street level and can be visited independently of the Roman Baths.

On summer evenings, the Roman Baths is open until 10pm (with last admission at 9pm) and you can combine your visit with dinner in The Pump Room or Roman Baths Kitchen.