Wander into the heart of the city and you’ll find The Roman Baths, this rich mineral arguably gave Bath Spa its name and is one the pivotal tourist attractions to be found along the remnants of ancient cobbled streets. Constructed around 70AD, the Roman Baths acted as both a bathing and socialising complex for the Romans and remains one of the best-preserved ruins of this era in the world.
Step inside grand façade of these ancient ruins and you’ll discover an interactive museum filled with lots of historic treasures that will allow you to travel back in time and find out more about the lives of the Aquae Sulis people. The site holds over 1,000,000 litres of steaming spring water at 46°C each day, with an opportunity to sample the spa water, said to contain 43 different minerals, in the adjoining Pump Room.
Having walked in the footsteps of the Roman settlers more than 2,000 years ago, you may wish to indulge in a quintessentially English experience, by accompanying your visit with a dainty afternoon tea in the neighbouring Pump Room Restaurant. Alternatively, you could enjoy a cuppa or a delicious three-course dinner in the Roman Baths Kitchen, opposite the entrance to the baths.
The Roman Baths are certainly a must-see if passing through this decorative city, attracting visitors from all over the world for curative purposes. Make sure to pick up an audio guide for the chance to listen to extensive commentary about the site and its rich history (special guides for children, available in 12 languages). For added ambience, you may want to partake in a Torchlit Visit; see Visit Bath for more information on this package.