Roman Baths

Roman Baths
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Bath was founded upon natural hot springs with the steaming water playing a key role throughout its history. Lying in the heart of the city the Roman Baths were constructed around 70 AD as a grand bathing and socialising complex. It is now one of the best preserved Roman remains in the world.

1,170,000 litres of steaming spring water reaching 46 °C still fill the bathing site every single day. The Romans believed that this was the mystical work of the Gods but we now know that the water source, which comes from the King’s Spring, fell as rain water around 10,000 BC.

Visit The Great Bath, the magnificent epicentre to the complex and walk on the ancient cobbled pathways as the Romans did 2,000 years ago. The Great Bath that lies below street level can also be viewed from the Terrace, which is adorned with statues and shadowed by the great Abbey. Other chambers to explore include the remains of the ancient heated rooms and changing rooms as well as tepid and plunge pools.

Be sure to pick up an audioguide and listen to fascinating commentary as you slowly make your way around the site. These are available in 8 different languages, with special guides for children. A special English speaking audio guide narrated by Bill Bryson is also available and offers witty thoughts and observations on all things Roman.

Venue Type:

Heritage site, Museum

Opening hours

January - February: 09.30 - 16.30, exit 17.30
March - June: 09.00 - 17.00, exit 18.00
July - August: 09.00 - 21.00, exit 22.00
September - October: 09.00 - 17.00, exit 18.00
November - December: 09.30 - 17.00, exit 18.00

Closed 25 and 26 December.

Admission charges

Adults: £14.00
Children: £9.00
Concessions: £12.25
Family ticket (2 Adults + 4 Children): £40.00

Saver Ticket with Fashion Museum and Victoria Art Gallery
Adults: £20.00
Children: £10.75
Concessions: £17.00
Family (2 Adults + 4 Children): £49.50

Additional info

Audioguides available in 8 languages at no extra cost.

Pump Room restaurant open for morning coffee, light lunches and afternoon tea, with music by the Pump Room Trio.

Lift and wheelchair access to 90% of the site.

Discounts for Groups

The entire collection of the Roman Baths is a Designated Collection of national importance.

Some of the best known finds from Roman Britain are to be found amongst the 50,000 objects in the Roman Baths Museum. The collections include objects from the mesolithic to the present which tell the story of seven thousand years of human activity around Britain's only hot springs, which are the heart of the World Heritage Site at Bath.

The Roman Baths and Temple of Sulis Minerva are among the finest Roman remains in Britain. At the hot spring, the Celtic and Classical worlds met in a magnificent complex of stone buildings used for worship, cleansing and healing. The museum, below the 18th century Pump Room, contains the monumental remains of these buildings and evidence of the people who used them.

Collection details

Social History, Decorative and Applied Art, Coins and Medals, Archives, Archaeology

Key artists and exhibits

  • Beau Nash
  • Designated Collection
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
T'ai Chi on the Terrace

T'ai Chi on the Terrace

  • 14 July — 15 September 2015 *on now

Get set for the day with T’ai Chi on the Terrace. Join our weekly session at 8.00 - 8.30am on Tuesdays.

£4 a session or £38 for the 10 week course. Ring 01225 477773 to book.

14, 21, 28 July
4, 11, 18, 25 August
1, 8, 15 September

Admission

£4 a session or £38 for the 10 week course. Ring 01225 477773 to book.

Website

http://www.romanbaths.co.uk/events/tai-chi-terrace

Handling artefacts next to the Great Bath

Tuesday Times Tables

  • 14 July — 25 August 2015 *on now

This series of evening sessions looks at objects from the Roman Baths’ collection. There will be opportunities for handling original artefacts. 6.00pm - 8.00pm.

14, 21, 28 July
4, 11, 18, 25 August

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Included in admission price.

Website

http://www.romanbaths.co.uk/events/tuesday-times-tables

Tunnel tour

Tunnel tours

  • 15 July — 19 August 2015 *on now

Explore the hidden Roman, Georgian and Victorian history of the site. Suitable footwear and clothing is advised as the walkways are uneven and your visit will involve negotiating a number of steps. Standard museum charges apply, no added charge for the tunnel tour. Pre-booking required. For more information please call 01225 477773.

15 and 22 July - tour begins at 6.00pm
12 and 19 August - tour begins at 6.00pm

Admission

Included in admission price

Website

http://www.romanbaths.co.uk/events/tunnel-tours-0

Children taking part in a craft activity

Children's summer holiday activities

  • 20 July — 24 August 2015 *on now

All children to be accompanied by an adult. 10.00am-1.00pm and 2.00pm-4.00pm.

Togas and Tunics - Find out about how the Romans dressed. 20 and 27 July

Corinthian crazy - find out about Corinthian columns and have a go at creating a special design. Monday 3 August

Through the eyes of Minerva - get up close to Minerva and make a Minerva mask. Monday 10 August

Potty about pots - explore Roman pottery. Monday 17 August

Roman revamp - decorate Roman style. Monday 24 August

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13

Admission

Included in admission price.

Website

http://www.romanbaths.co.uk

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Welcome to Aquae Sulis - secondary

This 60 minute session looks at the archaeology of the Roman baths and temple and the people who came to Aquae Sulis. It includes a short presentation and oppportunites for artefact handling.

How to obtain

Book in advance on 012225 477785

Meet the Romans KS2

This 60 minute interactive sessions explores hisotry, literacy, numeracay and art. It is ideal for years 3 and 4. It is an opportunity to tour real Roman artefacts! Why not try the 'counter challenge' and take a view on the past.

How to obtain

Book in advance on 01225 477785

Roman Baths Museum Walkthrough

http://www.romanbaths.co.uk/walkthrough.aspx

The Roman Baths is below the modern street level and has four main features, the Sacred Spring, the Roman Temple, the Roman bath house and finds from Roman Bath. The Georgian Pump Room is on the ground level. This interactive site plan has details of the different areas of the site, along with photographs and examples of archaeological finds.

Roman Baths Teachers Pack, KS1 and 2

http://www.romanbaths.co.uk/temp/RomanBathsTeacherspack.pdf

This pack aims to help teachers plan a lively self-guided educational visit to the Roman Baths. It includes ideas to use in pre-visit, on-site, and follow-up activities.
Teaching sessions are also available in response to National Curriculum and QCA units. Details can be found on our website or by ringing 01225 477785.
This material is adaptable for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 pupils, providing a wide range of cross-curricular topics. We suggest that you pick and choose from these activities according to your topic focus, the time you have available and your own students.

Roman life KS2

This 60 minute explorer sessions looks at general aspects of Roman life. Handle Roman artefacts for either bathingk, buildings & technology or cooking & food. Add 2 choices from 'Togas and tunics', 'Write on' or 'Marvellous mosaics'.

How to obtain

Book in advance on 01225 477785

Roman Baths
Stall Street
Bath
Somerset
BA1 1LZ
England

Website

www.romanbaths.co.uk

E-mail

Enquiries

romanbaths_enquiries@bathnes.gov.uk

Group Bookings

romanbaths_bookings@bathnes.gov.uk

Telephone

Enquiries/Group Bookings

01225 477785

Pump Room restaurant

01225 444477

Fax

Enquiries/Group Bookings

01225 477743

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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