We have been to The Roman Baths in Bath a few times, either as a family or the kids have gone on school trips.The last time we visited the Roman Baths was last year for my birthday ( my other post has photos of the exhibits and other parts of the baths).We intended to stay to see it lit up at night.As we arrived too early, we had seen it all and left just before dusk.Nearing the end of this year’s summer holidays we went back for a torchlit visit. We arrived just before 8 pm, giving us two hours to look around.If you’ve never visited before, you’ll need more than two hours.
The Roman Baths’ atmosphere was calming and tranquil as dusk approached.The lanterns were already lit before we reached The Great Bath.Despite The Roman Baths being built to worship the Goddess Sulis Minerva, I would say it had a romantic feel to the place.
Give yourself plenty of time to move around the exhibits on the street level.As you proceed down the downstairs you’ll see more of the springs and smaller baths.Pushchairs aren’t allowed but there are baby carriers available to use.My kids always make use of the audioguides, which is a great way to get them to understand the history behind the The Roman Baths and the exhibits.Bath Abbey was also lit up with spot lights, towering over the Roman Baths.Christian and Pagan religious buildings standing side by side.
As well as the tour guide to show you around, there are always a couple of different costumed characters each time we’ve visited.They will tell you their story of who they are, where they’ve come from and why they are visiting the baths that day.This has always been the highlight for my girls as they love asking lots of questions.
The Roman Baths are open every day, except 25 and 26 December. The opening hours vary throughout the year, and include special late evening entry during July and August.There are torchlit visit and dinner packages available and opens for Museums At Night on 27 October, 6pm-8pm (last entry 7pm).
January – February: 09.30 – 17.00, exit 18.00
March – June: 09.00 – 17.00, exit 18.00
July – August: 09.00 – 21.00, exit 22.00
September – October: 09.00 – 17.00, exit 18.00
November – December: 09.30 – 17.00, exit 18.00