One of the largest attractions in the South of England with over one million visitors per year, the Roman Baths are of international historical importance. Built on the only hot springs in Britain and situated beneath modern street level, much of the spa remains for visitors to see and the site still flows with natural spring water at a temperature of 46°C. In use for four hundred years and not discovered until the late nineteenth century, the main elements of the complex are the central Sacred Spring, the Roman Temple (one of only two classical temples known from Roman Britain and built in honour of the goddess Sulis Minerva) and the Roman Bath House, a magnificent centrepiece, lined with lead, and filled with hot spa water. There are various pools and heated rooms, with good surviving hypocaust pilae. A large collection of Roman artefacts are on show in the extensive museum, exploring how Romans lived, worked and used the baths. At street level, the Georgian Pump Room is open to visitors, where they can have afternoon tea and sample the spring water. There is a gift shop selling a range of Roman and Georgian products specific to Bath. Audioguides for adults and children are available in a variety of languages and there are also free hourly guided tours. Private, paid tours can be booked in advance. Despite the many steps, the site is wheelchair accessible. Pushchairs, however, are not permitted but can be exchanged for courtesy child carriers.
(Fri 27th Jul, 2018)
World of Music and Dance festival returns for the 4th consecutive year in the beautiful grounds of Charlton Park.
Festival of Horse Eventing
(Sun 05th Aug, 2018)
This fabulous event takes place at Gatcombe Park, home of the Princess Royal and her family and incorporates the British Open, Intermediate and Novice Championships.
National Amateur Gardening Show
(Fri 31st Aug, 2018)
The National Amateur Gardening Show features garden displays, a feast of flowers, fruit and vegetables, TV celebrities and top gardening experts.