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Roman Baths

If you visit Bath, the Roman Baths should be on your list. Luckily for us, we’ve visited the Bath in November, before the nearby Christmas market was set up, so there weren’t as many visitors as they usually are. We’ve wondered around the museum and went on a free one hour guided tour. We were only four in the group and the guide told us he usually has big groups. I looked online and saw that last year, the Roman Baths received over 1,300,000 visitors, making it the 9th most visited charging attraction in the UK. I can easily understand why, the place is wonderfully made. It has an amazing museum and the baths are a delight to see. Included in the ticket price you can get an audio guide and is worth taking it, as you can find out a lot of things about the museum.

 Roman Baths

The museum starts on the terrace. It was completed in 1897, when the Roman Baths were open to the public. It is up because the modern ground level is 4 meters above the ground level that the Romans had. The terrace is decorated with Roman rulers, made by Victorian artists.

This bath would have had a roof, 20m in height. I think it would have looked amazing.

Artefact at the Roman Baths

The museum is filled with interesting artefacts, from tomb stones to jewellery. There are models of how the baths would have looked like and how the water circulates around the baths.

This head is from the front of the Temple of Sulis Minerva. The Temple was supported by four columns, 15 meters high.

Artefact at the Roman Baths

I haven’t seen something like this before. It is a sort of a prayer-curse, engraved in metal. These would be thrown in the baths, in the hope that the God/Goddess would read them and solve the issue.
This one is a curse that includes a name of possible culprits who stole a woman called Vilbia. One would have imagined the Gods would be aware of what happened without the help of a human, with them being Gods and all. But no, a list of suspects was necessary. Other curses were found, the ones on display were mostly for theft, from money to gloves to a part of a plough.

Roman Baths

Room at the Roman Baths

The Roman Baths

The Roman Baths

Roman Baths

This is the King’s Bath, dating back to the 12th century. Underneath this bath, there is a reservoir, built by Romans. They used hot water to supply the baths. Today the water is at the same level like in the Roman times.

The water bubbling at the Roman Baths

This Spring rises at a rate of 1,170,000 litres daily and it has a temperature of 46C, hence the bubbles.

 Lead pipes at the Roman Baths

This piece of lead pipe dates back to the Roman times.

Sewage at the Roman Baths

Amazingly, this drain worked for almost 2,000 years. How great is that? They built something so long lasting.

 Pump Rooms at the Roman Baths

Pump Room at the Roman Baths

The Pump Room was built in the 18th century. I’ve enjoyed my visit at the baths a lot and I would love to visit it again.

Roman Baths are on Stall St, Bath BA1 1LZ. A single entry to the Roman Baths is £16.50 for adults, in December. You can get a saver ticket, that includes Fashion Museum and Victoria Art Gallery for £22.50 per adult. They also offer annual passes.
The Roman Baths can be visited all year, but opening times vary, so make sure you check for updates on their website. Their prices change regularly, so check those too. There is a difference between weekdays and weekends, so it might be better to go during the week, as it might mean they have less visitors too.

There is a quiz on their website, to see which God you are and I’m Apollo: “As the Roman god of music, poetry, and art, you have discerning tastes – especially when it comes to culture – and enjoy quality above all. You know what you like (and what you don’t) to the point where some might call you arrogant (especially compared to your twin sister Diana), but ignore them: you’re also the Sun god, and if that doesn’t give you licence to shine bright and have confidence in your opinions, then what will?” Do try it if you fancy having a laugh.

Have you been to the Roman Baths before?

8 Comment

  1. Visiting The Baths is an absolute must when travelling to Bath – we live in Bristol so its not far for us. I loved treading in the steps of the ancient Romans – the Victorians did a great thing when they excavated and restored the baths. Its very clear which parts are ancient and which parts are Victorian. Planning another trip there very soon. The Abbey and the Jane Austen Museum are also worth a visit.

  2. This post makes me want to visit again. I loved it there. Fun quiz, too!

    Congratulations, you’re Vesta! Vesta was one of the longest-established deities (hers was the last cult to be disbanded before the Roman Empire turned Christian), and, like you, she valued tradition and continuity above all. As the Roman goddess of hearth and home, you know that you don’t need to travel far and wide to find something worth your while, and you tend to look for established activities you’re sure will fit with your interests, rather than anything new-fangled or ‘trendy’. Unlike her squabbling Olympian brethren, Vesta was gentle and well-mannered: you know that a little old-fashioned courtesy goes a long way.

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