One of the must- see sites in the city of Bath are the Roman Baths, situated in the square right next to Bath Abbey.
Entrance fees are £27 per person on weekends, £25 on weekdays (current summer prices) however, the audio guides are free.
It’s also very popular and it gets very busy very quickly, so get there as early as possible.
When I say popular, during the week there are numerous school trips and coach trips/tour groups, during the weekends there are loads of families and coach trips/tour groups.
They have currently limited the visitors to 50 per time slot of 15 min. There is also a one way system through the complex which is probably the best thing that has resulted from Covid. I remember going to the baths a few years back and it was just a melee of people going in all directions.
Nothing can take away the effort that has gone into maintaining this site though as is something special and it’s well worth the hefty entrance fee.
Projectors and computer-generated scenes are used to show you what the baths were actually like in Roman times and the whole journey through the site is well organised and thought through.
The original hot spring still exists and continues to service the baths.
Lots of artefacts are displayed – from lead plates and piping to crafted stone and religious figurines, including the gilt bronze head of the goddess Sulis Minerva, to which there was once a temple on site.
The most interesting things for me are the inner working of the baths. The drains (yes, the drains) are fascinating as are the hypocausts – the underfloor heating solution invented by the Romans.
And of course, all roads lead to…….
…….. the gift shop!
Book timed entry to the baths here
If you fancy something different – try visiting in the early evening to experience the baths by torchlight. The neighbouring Pump Room also offers fine dining and often has classical music accompaniment to round off the evening.
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All images used are personal photographs taken during the visit to the Roman Baths in early July 2021.