Roman Baths & Spa

The Roman Baths

The Roman Baths

Roman Baths

Roman Baths

The Roman Baths is the big attraction that is a must-see for most visitors to Bath. What you see here now is the Roman Baths complex built by the Romans that contained heated rooms, steam rooms, massage rooms and of course the Great Bath in the centre into which the hot spring water was channelled.

It was all once of a much larger complex that included a temple and where visiting Romans could clean themselves and relax. A visit here will take you into a museum area where Roman artefacts, mosaic floors, masonry and reconstructions help you get a sense of what the Roman site would have looked like.

Roman Baths

Roman Baths

Roman Baths Museum Tour

You can then roam around the different parts of what remains of the Roman baths today and see the tiles that would have supported a floor under which the heating system circulated, former massage and steam rooms, plunge pools and the aqua-coloured pool where the hot spring still bubbles to the surface.

The Great Bath is the centrepiece of the site and is where Romans would have languished letting the mineral rich water envelop their already cleaned and pampered bodies. You can even see the old drains that moved water around the complex where the steam rises as the spa waters splash through and out of the site.

For your entrance fee you get an audio tour guide that you take with you as you wander around these ancient surroundings. By pressing different numbers relating to different places within the museum and baths information will be relayed to you via the audio tour guide.

Included in your ticket is a sample of the spa water which you can take in The Pump Room next door, an 18th century neo-classical salon, that is a popular restaurant serving teas and quality evening meals. It was founded by Beau Nash as the social heart of Georgian Bath. The spa water is drawn from an elaborate fountain, the King’s Spring, by the "pumper" whose uniform has been recreated to emulate that that would have been worn in 1795 when the Pump Room opened.

Thermae Bath Spa

f you want to wallow in the warm waters as the Romans did Thermae Bath Spa is for you! This is a modern spa with four bathing pools – including a fantastic rooftop pool with views over Bath itself. Spa treatments are available as well as use of the sacred Cross Bath series of steam rooms. You can hire robes, towels, and slippers and can just turn up and pay for whatever pampering experience you fancy. Pre-book spa treatments to avoid disappointment.

Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.