The Roman Baths

Image: The Great Bath
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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 - 17.00, exit 18.00
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: £15.00 (July & August £15.50)
Children: £9.50
Concessions: £13.25
Family ticket (2 Adults + 4 Children): £44.00

Saver Ticket with Fashion Museum and Victoria Art Gallery
Adults: £21.00
Children: £11.25
Concessions: £18.00
Family (2 Adults + 4 Children): £52.50

Discounts

  • National Art Pass

Additional info

Audioguides available in eight languages at no extra cost.

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

Roman Baths Kitchen open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks.

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

T'ai Chi on the Terrace

  • 12 January — 15 March 2016 *on now

Join our weekly session at 8.00 - 8.30am on Tuesdays.

£4.00 a session or £38 for the 10 week course. Please call 01225 477773 to book.

12, 19, 26 January
2, 9, 16, 23 February
1, 8, 15 March

Admission

£4.00 a session or £38 for the 10 week course. Ring 01225 477773 to book.

Image: Children's activity

Minerva's Owl

  • 15 — 19 February 2016

Why do we associate an owl with the goddess Minerva? Find out and make a stick owl puppet.

15 - 19 February. 10-1pm and 2-4pm

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Included in admission price.

Image: Guildhall

Lunchtime talks at the Guildhall

  • 17 February — 2 March 2016

Free lunchtime talks at The Guildhall, Bath on the topic of bridges. 1.10-1.45pm.

17 February
Designing for Delivery – A client perspective of Bridge design
Simon Martin, Bath Enterprise Area

24 February
2000 years of crossing the river
Stuart Burroughs, Director, Museum of Bath at Work

2 March
Aesthetics of Bridges
Prof Tim Ibell FREng, University of Bath

Website

http://www.romanbaths.co.uk/events/lunchtime-talks-guildhall

The Roman Baths

Latin for beginners at the Roman Baths

  • 20 February 2016 10am-4pm

The Roman Baths will host a one-day Latin course for adults this February. Presented by George Sharpley from Latin Qvarter (www.lingua.co.uk), the course will offer beginners a chance to learn about classical authors, discover the Latin words behind many English ones, and hear the Latin of poets and others.

George Sharpley said: “People will be shown how the language works, and will trace the Latin words behind so many English ones. It's also a chance to sample some of the loveliest things ever written, to hear lines read aloud from poets like Virgil, Horace and Ovid, and learn more about these writers and the world they knew.”

Participants will investigate real Latin inscriptions on objects in the Roman Baths museum – including curse tablets thrown into the Sacred Spring for the goddess Sulis Minerva, tombstones, and altars where you can get up close and trace the Latin script with your fingertips.

FULLY BOOKED....but please do call if you would like to go on the waiting list for cancellations.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

FULLY BOOKED....but please do call if you would like to go on the waiting list for cancellations.

£45.00 per person; £10.00 discount for local Discovery Card holders and concessions. Price includes entry to the Roman Baths. All course materials will be provided.

Website

http://www.romanbaths.co.uk

Image: Behind the Scenes tour

Behind the Scenes Tours

  • 22 February — 13 April 2016

Go behind the scenes with our curatorial team to discover our collections and how we care for them. Handle our oldest object and many more from the collections, including archaeology from your area. Book on 01225 477773.

22 February, 2.30pm
22 March, 11am
13 April, 2.30pm

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Included in admission price

Website

http://www.romanbaths.co.uk/events/behind-scenes-tours

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.

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.

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 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

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

The 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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