Roman Baths

Price guide: Expensive

Abbey Church Yard, Bath, BANES, BA1 1LZ

Price guide: Expensive

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Expert overall rating:4.9 out of 5
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Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, First-time travellers, Mature travellers, Design and architecture, Education, History, Sightseeing

Best for History - Expert review of Roman Baths

Visit the historic 2000 year-old Roman Baths.

Bath was made famous by the Romans and they kindly left a spa complex for us all to marvel at the wonder of their 2000 year old engineering skills in the Sacred Spring, Minerva Temple and bath house. The Great Bath is my highlight – an impressive bathing pool that once had sides 40m high – as are the changing rooms and remains of the ancient sauna. Audio guides and exhibits bring history alive, especially the Bill Bryson tour (my favourite) and the ones aimed at kids that feature characters talking about life in Roman Bath.

Price advice: 

Adult admission costs £11.50, which increases to £12.25 in July and August.

Expert tips: 
Pick up a free audio guide – ask for a kids' version if you have little ones.
Buy a combined Museum Saver Ticket for £15 and you’ll also get entry into the Assembly Rooms/Fashion Museum.
Honeymooners could opt for the 'spas ancient and modern' package, which is £59pp for two hours in the Thermae Bath Spa, a visit to the Roman Baths and a three course meal in the Pump Room.
Allow at least two hours for your visit to make the most of everything.
Photography for personal use is allowed, but you need permission to use a tripod, so keen snappers should ask in advance.
The Sacred Spring can be seen for free if you walk into the Pump Room entrance and look out of the window.
Costumed characters are around the Great Bath between 10am-5pm peak season and 1.30pm-4.30pm in winter.
Go after dark in July/August to see the Roman Baths lit up by torches.
Two for one on entry with a train ticket, check the 'visit Bath' website for details as this offer tends to be seasonal Oct-Apr.

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Price guide:
Archaeological site, Historic site, Museum
Abbey Church Yard, Bath, BANES, BA1 1LZ
01225 477785
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Jan–Feb 9.30am-4.30pm, exit by 5.30pm. Mar–Jun 9am-5pm, exit by 6pm. Jul-Aug 9am-9pm, exit by 10pm. Sep-Oct 9am-5pm, exit by 6pm. Nov-Dec 9.30am-4.30pm, exit by 5.30pm.
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On any visit to Bath this is the must see attraction