One of the most popular heritage attractions in the UK, this wonderful site in Bath has family activity trails and a special audio guide for children.
Abbey Churchyard, Bath, Somerset, BA1 1LZ
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)
Plan a family visit to the Roman Baths and explore this amazing historic site in Bath, featuring the remains of one of the finest spas of the ancient world and temple ruins.
Family activity trails for different age groups can be collected at reception and include the Roman Baths Trail for under 7s and the Meet the Romans Trail for older children. Audioguides help bring the complex to life, available in eight languages, with one specially for children narrated by Michael Rosen.
Costumed Roman characters are quite likely to stop and talk to visitors, giving insight into Roman Britain. You might meet a Roman lady and a slave girl, a Roman soldier and armourer, a priest, travelling merchant or two stonemasons during your day out.
Baby carriers are free to borrow and baby changing facilities are available. During organised school trips children can handle original Roman material. From 2019 the Archway Project will include a new Learning Centre.
The Roman Baths are also an amazing party venue at weekends for children aged 6-11 years with party packages including activities such as dressing up as Romans, finding hidden treasure in sand containers and exploring secret tunnels.
In school holidays special events are a feature, so keep an eye on the website for details. In July and August, the Roman Baths stay open until 10pm and are lit up by torchlight, which is well worth experiencing. Refreshments are available at The Pump Room and Roman Baths Kitchen.
Built around 70AD as a complex for public bathing and socialising, the Roman Baths were 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˚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.
A Family Ticket is for two adults and up to four children. A Saver family ticket to the Roman Baths, Fashion Museum and Victoria Art Gallery is also available. Please see the website to find out more before visiting.