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Archaeologists at the Roman Baths

Archaeology tours

These 20-minute tours run at regular intervals throughout February and will give you the chance to see the excavations taking place in vaults which are not normally open to the public. The work is taking place as part of the Archway Project, which will create a new Clore Learning Centre for the Roman Baths.

The tours are free with admission to the Roman Baths, however visitors can give a small, optional donation to the Roman Baths Foundation (charity number 1163044) to support the excavations.

Highlights of the new tours include:

  • A Roman exercise area, which will be part of a new Investigation Zone, in which schoolchildren will be able to carry out research in and amongst Roman remains when it opens in 2019.
  • An in-situ stylobate – a colonnaded walkway which contains a Roman doorway leading through to a possible row of shops, where traders might have sold memorabilia to visitors, oil for the sauna, or food and drink.
  • The other side of the south wall of the Great Bath, behind the curved alcoves (exedra) where people relaxed.
  • A Roman culvert, and pipe work and drains from Georgian and Victorian times.
  • A wall where you can see archaeological deposits (stratigraphy) dating back 2,000 years.

The tours take place every day throughout February. They will run every 30 minutes - the first tour is at 10.10am and the last tour is at 3.40pm. Please note that some tour times may be subject to change.