Roman Baths

Address: Abbey Church Yard, Bath, BA1 1LZ, England
Telephone: 01225 477785

- Expensive


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.

Value for money

Price advice

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

Expert tips

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.

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.

The Sacred Spring can be seen for free if you walk into the Pump Room entrance and look out of the window.

Photography for personal use is allowed, but you need permission to use a tripod, so keen snappers should ask in advance.

Allow at least two hours for your visit to make the most of everything.

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.

Buy a combined Museum Saver Ticket for £15 and you’ll also get entry into the Assembly Rooms/Fashion Museum.

Pick up a free audio guide – ask for a kids' version if you have little ones.

Recommended for

  • Culture vultures
  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • First-time travellers
  • Mature travellers
  • Education
  • Sightseeing
  • History
  • Design and architecture