The Roman Baths and Pump Rooms are situated in the south of the Cotswolds at the very heart of the city of Bath. 2000 years ago the Romans came, the Romans saw
and the Romans built one of the greatest Roman sites in Europe. Hidden beneath the city of Bath in Somerset, close to the city centre visitors can see
the remains of one of the finest religious spas ever discovered.
The Roman Baths were in use for four hundred years being fed by the hot rising spring waters, still gushing
forth as they did 2000 years ago during Roman occupation.
Today visitors will enter the baths through the Reception Hall into The Terrace overlooking the Great Bath where you can join 19th century statues of Roman Governors in surveying the site below. Here the Roman builders created a great Temple next to the hot spring and dedicated it to the goddess Sulis Minerva, a deity associated with healing waters, the spirit and the craft of medicine. The mineral-rich steam and water from the Spring supplied a magnificent bath-house attracting visitors from the length and breath of the Roman Empire. The Temple at Bath is one of only two truly classical temples known in Roman Britain, the other, possibly at Colchester. The statue of the goddess Sulis Minerva was housed in the temple. The centrepiece of the complex is a pool, which is lined with 45 sheets of lead, and filled with hot spa water.The bath is 1.6 metres deep, ideal for bathing and has steps leading down on all sides.
Like our previous ancesters objects of great personal value were thrown into the pools as offerings to the Gods and archeologists amongst other items discovered a horde of more than 12,000 Roman coins The Roman Baths museum has a collection of international importance. Many of the objects tell the story of the people who lived in Bath and those who visited Aquae Sulis, the Roman name given to Bath.
Visitors with disabilities are welcome although access to some areas may be difficult. There is access to much of the ground floor including the 18th century Pump Room, the Sun Lounge overlooking the hot spring in the King’s Bath and the outside Terrace which overlooks the Great Bath. The Roman Temple is not accessible by wheelchair and there is no wheelchair access to the lower levels of the complex.
Disabled toilets are available.