Thermae Bath Spa

Price guide: Expensive

Hetling Pump Room, Hot Bath Street , Bath, BANES, BA1 1SJ

Price guide: Expensive

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Expert overall rating:4.8 out of 5
Value for money:
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Honeymooners, Seasoned travellers, Stag / hen parties, Chilling out, Design and architecture, Great views / scenery, People watching, Relaxation

Best for Chilling out - Expert review of Thermae Bath Spa

Relax in Bath’s thermal hot springs.

Locals will tell you that they hate the Thermae Bath Spa – mainly because it opened late and went millions of pounds over budget – but they are lying. Secretly we were all glad that we could swim in the Bath waters once again and even the modern glass fronted building somehow manages to fit in with the surroundings. Choose from the smaller open-air Cross Bath (1 1/2hour sessions, up to 12 people) or the main complex of the New Royal Baths, which includes a roof pool, large ‘Minerva’ indoor bath, steam rooms and a café/restaurant that serves decent grub and good vino.

Price advice: 

Prices for adults in the New Royal Baths start at £24 (two hours), £34 (four hours) and £54 (full day). An hour and a half in the Cross Bath costs £14.

Expert tips: 
Visit in the evening – it’s quieter and views of city at night are amazing from the rooftop pool.
If you eat in the restaurant you get time credited back onto your visit.
Spa sessions can’t be booked in advance unless you are in a group of eight plus.
Children under 16 are not permitted (under 12 in Cross Bath).
Bring your own towel and robe to save money.
Book spa treatments in advance (must be over 18).
Spa treatments include towel, robe and slipper hire.
Check out the free Spa Visitor Centre to learn more about the thermal waters.
Four hours for the price of two with a train ticket, check the 'visit Bath' website for details as this offer tends to be seasonal Oct-Apr.

More information on Thermae Bath Spa:

Price guide:
Natural wonder, Swimming pool
Hetling Pump Room, Hot Bath Street , Bath, BANES, BA1 1SJ
0844 880844
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
New Royal Bath 9am-10pm (last entry 7.30pm), Cross Bath 10am-8pm (6.30pm last entry). Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.
Free tags / Keywords:
thermal spa, hot springs

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