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 - 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: £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

St John's Store

Heritage Open Days - St John's Store

  • 10 September 2015 11am-3pm

It is a once-a-year chance to discover treasures never normally seen by the public in places that normally charge for admission, and to enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities that bring local history and culture to life.

This year, Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Heritage Services is hosting open days at three places which are not normally open to the public. These Heritage Open Days events are free of charge and open to visitors of all ages.

St John’s Local History Store. Thursday 10 September 11am – 3pm. Marvel at the historical spa equipment and have a look at the original Victorian spa treatment visitor books. Also on display will be furniture by local craftsmen and some once familiar sights. Trails for adults and children will be provided. Upper Bristol Road, Bath, BA1 3DN. The entrance to the store is located near the Windsor Villas (SE – Bound) bus stop.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

St John's Local History Store
Upper Bristol Road
Bath
BA1 3DN

Getting there

The entrance to the store is located near the Windsor Villas (SE – Bound) bus stop.

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.romanbaths.co.uk/events/heritage-open-days

Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days - No 4 The Circus

  • 11 September 2015 10am-3pm

It is a once-a-year chance to discover treasures never normally seen by the public in places that normally charge for admission, and to enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities that bring local history and culture to life.

This year, Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Heritage Services is hosting open days at three places which are not normally open to the public. These Heritage Open Days events are free of charge and open to visitors of all ages.

10am – 12pm and 1pm – 3pm. Are you curious about the gorgeous Georgian architecture that has made Bath an internationally renowned UNESCO World Heritage City? Get the rare opportunity to experience this Grade I listed townhouse, as well as its restored Georgian garden—the first of its kind in Britain. Here, you can see some of the artefacts that were found in the garden’s excavation in the mid-1980s. Please note, there is only partial wheelchair access through the house. Information leaflets about both the house and the garden will be available.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

No 4 The Circus
4 The Circus
Bath
BA1 2EW

Website

http://www.romanbaths.co.uk/events/heritage-open-days

Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days - Pixash Lane Archaeology Store

  • 12 September 2015 11am-3pm

It is a once-a-year chance to discover treasures never normally seen by the public in places that normally charge for admission, and to enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities that bring local history and culture to life.

This year, Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Heritage Services is hosting open days at three places which are not normally open to the public. These Heritage Open Days events are free of charge and open to visitors of all ages.

Explore the heritage of Keynsham by viewing the ornate stonework of its medieval abbey and intricate mosaics from its Roman villa, as well as smaller finds from these sites. There will be activities for the whole family, including make-your-own mosaics and medieval tiles. There is no need to book in advance. The store is wheelchair accessible and limited parking is available. The store is located in Keynsham, BS31 1TP, next door to the Recycling Centre and is easily accessible by bus from the city centres of Keynsham and Bath.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

Pixash Lane Archaeology Store
Keynsham
BS31 1TP

Website

http://www.romanbaths.co.uk/events/heritage-open-days

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.

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

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

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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