The nights are getting longer and what better way to celebrate then to enjoy the romantic torchlit ambience of the Great Bath. Avoid the crowds by visiting on a Tuesday summer evening from 19th July to 30th August. As darkness falls, the ruins are an awesome sight, walk on the 2000 year old pavements by the light of flickering torches, providing a truly magical atmosphere. With its steaming waters and Roman artefacts this is an unforgettable experience – Roman Baths Website
The amazingly complete remains of The Roman baths and the Victorian restoration are still fed by water from one of Bath’s three hot springs. Rain 10,000 years ago seeped into the hills, was heated by the rocks, and now bubbles up into the baths. These are the only hot springs in Britain.
In pagan times the healing powers of the spa waters were known and used by Celts.
Examples of Roman mosaics, sculpture and other arts are in the museum here.
Both the museum and the baths are living textbook examples of classical architecture. The ‘Roman’ statues overlooking the baths were carved in 1894 just after the rediscovery of the Roman part of the baths.
The baths are mentioned in the books of many great writers such as Jane Austen (Northanger Abbey and Persuasion), Tobias Smollett (Humphrey Clinker) Charles Dickens (Pickwick Papers) and Thomas Hardy (Far From the Madding Crowd). Shakespeare refers to the baths in his sonnets.