The baths of Bath
Home to one of the world’s best-preserved Roman bathhouses, incredible architecture and a vibrant culture, Bath is an eclectic mix of old and new. The highlight of any visit to this fascinating city, two and a half hours west of London, is the preserved Roman Baths that date back to the 1st century.
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1. A hub of activity for 5 centuries
Built in the 1st century by the Romans, the religious spa complex known as Aquae Sulias (the waters of Sulis) was a popular bathing and socialising centre for locals and visitors alike. The Romans built an impressive complex with baths, heated rooms and plunge pools that eventually became neglected when the Romans left Britain in the 5th century. Later, the complex was destroyed by flooding and left stagnant for years to come.
2. A public space again in 1897
In 1878 the first of the ruins of the Roman Baths were found and by 1897 visitors were welcomed back into the baths. Since then the site has extended and visitors have come from all over the world to see the infamous Roman Baths. To this day there are remains from the Roman era that are still inaccessible and yet to be discovered.
3. The onsite restaurant has an interesting past
Built in the 1700s, the Pump Room was a place for the ill to come and access water directly from the spring that was regularly prescribed by doctors for internal illnesses. Today, the Pump Room is a modern-day restaurant serving delicious British cuisine. The highlight of the Pump Room is the spa water fountain where you can fill up a glass and try the water for yourself. With 43 minerals the water has a bit of an unusual taste!
4. You can walk on the original pavement
Despite its history, the many ruins from the Roman Baths have been very well preserved, including the original pavement. Walk on the pavement that the Romans did thousands of years ago and explore the ruins of ancient chambers, plunge pools and more.
5. A crazy amount of water fills the site each day
Steaming spring water, a whopping 1,170,000 litres to be exact, still fills the bathing site each day, as it has for thousands of years. The water also naturally reaches a toasty temperature of 46°C.
Visit the Roman Baths and step into the world of these ancient ruins during our Southern England Highlights small group tour.
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