Why you MUST see the Roman Baths

The Roman Baths are an incredibly beautiful place to visit, but there is a lot more to them than meets the eye. Spa breaks in Bath usually involve some sort of relaxation, you can escape from busy life and forget about your troubles. When you’re in the city of Bath, why not see how the Romans escaped from busy everyday life?

The Roman Baths are simply incredible and have been a part of the local area since 70AD. Amazingly, these baths are very well preserved and are thought to be one of the best Roman preservation sites in the world.

Walk as the Romans Did

Entering the Roman Baths you will have the chance to walk on the same cobbles the Romans did all those years ago. Amazingly the baths are still in very good condition despite their age. This is truly a testament to how well the building and its surroundings was designed and built all those years ago.

The Romans used the baths not only as a means of bathing, but as a way of socializing too. The Great Bath that is still heated to 46 degrees is well worth a visit. If you can, try to book a place on a torch light tour as the Great Bath looks truly magnificent and will transport you back some 2,000 years. These tours usually take place between July and August and add a touch of magic to your time here.

Don’t forget to visit the heated rooms to see when the Romans sweated it out. Marvel at the changing rooms where people from all walks of life would change their clothes before dipping into the pool. As well as the Great Bath there is also a tepid and plunge pool, which just goes to show how much the Roman people valued bathing.

The Terrace

The Terrace looks down at the Great Bath and is a great spot for you to see the bath from a different angle. From here you can clearly see some of the wonderful statues, before taking a look at Gorgon’s head and learning about how it looked 2,000 years ago.

One of the great things about the Roman Baths is from 10am to 5pm every day you will find people dressed in Roman costumes. This will help you to get a taste of what life was really like for the Aquae Sulis people who bathed here and lived in the local area.

Healing Properties

Once you have finished visiting the Roman Baths, why not try some of the local water in the Pump Room? The waters here were thought to contain healing properties and were used by the Roman community to relieve many different ailments.

As you can see a trip to the Roman Baths is definitely not to be missed. With something for everyone, no matter how old you are, the baths are an integral part of the local community, just as they were almost 2,000 years ago.