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Image: Family looking at Minervas head
Image: Family looking at Minervas head
Opening times

November-December 2021

Weekdays: 10am-5.30pm (last entry 4.30pm)
Weekends: 9am-6pm (last entry 5pm)

Christmas period opening times

Weekdays from 27-31 December: 9am-6pm (last entry 5pm) Early close on 24 December.

The Roman Baths are open every day, except 25 and 26 December. 

The last slots of the day may not be long enough to see everything of interest. Some visitors may like to book an earlier slot or book for another day.

Ticket

All tickets must be booked in advance. Please note that face coverings are required in all indoor parts of the museum.

Getting here

The Roman Baths are in the centre of Bath in the West of England. Bath is 100 miles (160km) west of London and 10 miles (16km) east of Bristol. Bath has good coach and rail connections from London and from most major cities in the UK. It is a delightful city to explore on foot.

Find out more on parking and travel options in Bath.

Our location

Roman Baths, Abbey Church Yard, Bath, BA1 1LZ

Bus or coach

National Express operates a regular bus service from London Victoria, Heathrow and Gatwick airports. The dropping-off point is at the bus station, five minutes walk from the Roman Baths.

By train

Bath is an excellent city to visit by rail. The station is called Bath Spa. There are frequent high-speed connections to London Paddington. For a slower and cheaper service try London Waterloo. The Roman Baths is less than ten minutes walk from the station.

By bicycle

Bath is on the Sustrans National Cycle Route 4, which runs east-west through Bath, connecting Reading to Bristol. The immensely popular Bristol – Bath Railway Path provides a tranquil walking and cycling path between the two cities. There is also good access from the south through the new Bath Two Tunnels Circuit, Route 244. There is helpful advice on the Sustrans website.

On foot

Bath is well suited to pedestrians. Most hotels and guest houses are within easy reach of the city centre. The Roman Baths are right in the centre of Bath, near Bath Abbey. The entrance is in Abbey Church Yard, BA1 1LY. See the VisitBath and VisitSomerset websites for more things to see and do in Bath.

By car

The quickest and most straightforward route if you are travelling from a distance is likely to be via the M5 and M4 approaching Bath from the north. You can then use the Lansdown Park and Ride. See the full Park and Ride services and Bath Car Park charges.

Disabled Badge Holders: There are parking bays for disabled people in a number of locations in the city centre. Please contact Shopmobility on 01225 481744 or email for the latest details. The nearest three hour parking spaces to the Roman Baths for disabled people are on Cheap Street, BA1 1NA. Find out more about Blue Badges on the Council website.

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Pump Room Restaurant. Andy Fletcher
Facilities

Please be aware that pushchairs are not permitted around the site. We recommend you bring your own baby carriers as we are currently unable to loan out our baby carriers. There are baby changing facilities and toilets at the entrance and exit.

Restaurant

The Pump Room Restaurant is a favourite for afternoon tea and we have special Pump Room children's teas available during the school holidays. 

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Backpacks and luggage

Only backpacks up to a maximum of 30 litres are permitted to be brought into the Roman Baths. Luggage, including large rucksacks and pull along cases are not permitted on site but there are a number of storage facilities available across the city. The closest place to the Roman Baths for luggage storage is Bath Backpackers hostel. There is no room at the Roman Baths for coat storage, but part of the site is outdoors, so you may prefer to keep your coat on. 

Toilets

We are currently limiting the number of people who can use our toilets at any one time. There are two sets of toilets. One is near to the main reception before you buy your ticket, and the other is at the very end. 

There are baby changing facilities in both the male and female toilets at the end of the visit, and in the female toilets at reception. Parents are welcome to feed their babies on site. If required, staff will be happy to direct parents to an appropriate feeding area.

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Visitor listening to an audioguide
Audioguides

Our award-winning audioguides are available in twelve languages, and are included in the admission price. Printed language sheets are available at the Roman Baths reception in a wide range of languages.

Please remember you can bring your own headphones to use with our audioguides.

‘Trowel’ and ‘Hammer and Chisel’ tours

Visitors should look out for the ‘Trowel tour’ which explains the history of archaeological exploration of the different parts of the ancient site and ‘Hammer and Chisel tour’ commentaries picking up on aspects of its unusual geological story; the Roman Baths were built around Britain’s only hot springs.

Children’s audioguide

A children's audioguide, narrated by Michael Rosen is available in English, French and German, and features Roman characters and their stories.

‘Bryson at the Baths’

A colourful addition to the audioguides is ‘Bryson at the Baths’, a tour by Bill Bryson. His witty thoughts and observations on Roman life, history, and society can be heard by all English-speaking visitors who pick up a handset.

Sign language guide

A hand held British Sign Language guide and a special audioguide with enhanced audio description for people with visual impairment are freely available. Find out more on our accessibility page.

Available languages

English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

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A family beside the Great Bath
Visiting with children

Let us be your guides as you step back in time to discover Roman life. Younger children will love following Hoot the Owl on our activity trails, while those a little older will be fascinated and entertained by our free audioguide designed just for children and read by the wonderful Michael Rosen.

Let them feel the stones beneath their feet as they walk in the shadows of the Romans who once bathed in the Great Bath, while professional guides and costumed characters immerse you all into Roman life.

Free children's audioguide

Who better to guide you around the Roman Baths than former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen? His expressive style and fascinating facts will engage younger children and really bring the Roman Baths to life in their imaginations.

Visitors regularly tell us how much their children enjoyed listening to their audioguide, and it's not just for children - we know plenty of adults who have listened to it too!

Costumed characters

Children and adults will love chatting to our Roman characters and learning about their lives.

Their knowledge about Roman life and ability to stay in character is captivating and sometimes very amusing. Just what will a Roman Centurion think if you high-five his slave?

They are not just making it up either! The characters are based on real people who lived and worked at Aquae Sulis 2000 years ago. Their stories have been reconstructed from evidence found here on site at the Roman Baths.

On any one day you might meet the Roman solider and armourer, or Flavia and Apulia our Roman lady and slave girl, or Sulinus and Brucetus who are stonemasons, or the priest Gaius Calpernius Receptus and a travelling merchant named Peregrinus.

Image: Family interacting with a costumed character

Activity trails

Go on a Roman Baths adventure with younger children and Hoot the owl in our family trails.

We have two trails, one aimed at preschoolers and one for primary aged children, so there is plenty to keep little ones entertained and motivated while they learn about Roman life.

Pick up the trail at the start of your visit to find out more about Sulis Minerva and discover the amazing things that the Romans made and built.

Children's app

Download the FREE Roman Baths Kids app in preparation for your visit!

You can use the app to uncover fascinating facts about life at the Roman Baths, play games and take our quiz to find out which Roman God or Goddess you are most like.

The app is available to download from the App Store or Google Play and can be used in English or Chinese.

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Products in the Roman Baths shop
Shop

Pick up a lasting memory of your visit to the Roman Baths.

Choose from a range of quality gifts, many with a Roman and Georgian flavour – including souvenirs, toiletries, jewellery, biscuits and chocolate, locally made crafts and even a mini souvenir bottle of water from Bath’s hot spring! 

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The Roman Baths Guidebook

Our Essential Roman Baths guidebook (£5.00) is available to purchase when you book your tickets or onsite at the shop. The official guide to the site is packed with additional information on why and how the complex was built and many of its greatest treasures.

Prints and Pictures from Bath in Time

Check out the Bath in Time website for a wide selection of quality prints of historical Bath. A perfect gift, these stylish prints are available framed or unframed. 


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