The Roman Baths
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 twelve 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.
Heritage site, Museum
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.
Adults: £15.00 (July & August £15.50)
Family ticket (2 Adults + 4 Children): £44.00
Saver Ticket with Fashion Museum and Victoria Art Gallery
Family (2 Adults + 4 Children): £52.50
- National Art Pass
Audioguides available in twelve 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.
Social History, Decorative and Applied Art, Coins and Medals, Archives, Archaeology
Key artists and exhibits
- Beau Nash
- Designated Collection
Heritage Open Days
- 8 September 2016 11am-3pm
- 9 September 2016 10am-3pm
- 10 September 2016 11am-3pm
St. John's Local History Store
Thursday 8 September, 11am-3pm. Upper Bristol Road, Bath, BA1 3DN (next to VW Dealership) Tel: 01225 477779
Marvel at the historical spa equipment, read original Victorian spa treatment visitor books. Also on display will be some once familiar sights and a range of furniture by local craftsmen. Fully wheelchair accessible, disabled parking available close to the store.
No. 4 The Circus
Friday 9 September, 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm. Tel: 01225 477773
See inside this beautiful house and restored Georgian garden – the first of its kind in Britain. Information leaflets about both the house and garden available. Partially wheelchair accessible.
Pixash Archaeology Store
Saturday 10 September, 11am-3pm. Pixash Lane, Keynsham, BS31 1TP (next to Recycling Depot) Tel: 01225 477779
Explore archaeological finds from Keynsham, including objects from the Roman and Medieval periods, and have a go at making your own Roman mosaic or medieval tile. Fully wheelchair accessible; limited parking available.
- Family friendly
Pottery for Beginners
- 15 October 2016 10am-4pm
Book onto our day school on early pottery in Britain. You will get the opportunity to handle pottery from late Medieval to Victorian times and learn how to identify them.
Book on 01225 477773. £45.00/£35.00 for Discovery Card holders.
- Not suitable for children
The Ancient History Express with George Sharpley
- 19 — 20 November 2016 10am-4pm
A ‘little Latin’ is needed for this two-day course – a natural follow-on from George Sharpley’s day for Latin beginners.
On the first day we visit Rome in the early days of legends, Hannibal and Carthage, the 1st century BC of Caesar, Pompey, Cicero, Mark Antony and Octavian (Augustus). The second day of the journey takes us into imperial Rome of the emperors who followed Augustus, and the lives of people in Rome and in the provinces (in particular Britain).
The whistlestop tour slows down at regular intervals to a much gentler pace in order to read short selections of Latin written by the classical authors, which illustrate each historical period.
Please call 01225 477773 to book. £80.00 per person, £10.00 discount to Discovery Card holders and concessions. The cost of the weekend includes all materials and tea, coffee and biscuits.
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
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
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
Pump Room restaurant