Birthdays, Historical Sites, Indoor Activities, Museums and Art Centres, Outdoor Activities
Ages 5 - 12, All ages, Schools and Groups, Teenagers, Under 5s
(based on family of 4)
Make time for a visit to the Roman Baths with the family to see one of the best-preserved Roman sites in the world and one of the most important and interesting historic sites in Northern Europe.
Located in Bath, the Roman Baths were built around 70AD as a complex for public bathing and socialising, and only discovered in the late 19th century; the site was also a temple of worship to the goddess Sulis Minerva.
The Great Bath is the centre of the complex and lies below street level. From the Terrace festooned with Victorian statues of Roman emperors and governors of Britain, visitors have a wonderful view of the Great Bath. Another feature is the Sacred Spring where mineral-rich water at a temperature of 46 degrees C rises each day, as it has for thousands of years.
Objects were thrown into the Spring as offerings to the goddess, including thousands of Roman coins. There is a spring overflow, taking water from the spring to the River Avon via the original Roman drain, seen through a glass floor.
In July and August, the Roman Baths stay open until 10pm and are lit up by torchlight, which is well worth experiencing. Activity trails for different age groups can be collected at reception and audioguides help bring the complex to life, available in 8 languages, with one specially for children.
Costumed Roman characters are quite likely to stop and talk to visitors, giving insight into Roman Britain, while the projected images of Roman characters all help create a quite unique atmosphere. In school holidays special events are a feature, so check the website for details.
The Roman Baths are also an amazing children’s party venue (weekends only). A saver ticket to the Fashion Museum, Roman Baths and Victoria Art Gallery is available.