At the heart of the city of Bath are the Roman Baths, the best preserved ancient temple and baths in Northern Europe. Allow yourself and your family to be transported back to Roman Britain when the town was called Aquae Sulis.
You can’t have a dip in the baths but you can walk on the ancient cobbled pathways, as the Romans did 2,000 years ago. From there you can see The Great Bath that lies below street level. It can also also be viewed from the Terrace, where you get to see the exquisite statues dotted around and the great Abbey. Other chambers to explore include the remains of the ancient heated rooms and changing rooms as well as tepid and plunge pools.
There are also plenty of family activities, especially during long holidays. The museum is very interactive so tech savvy kids will be able to find out all about the 2,000 year old baths. There is a specific audio guide for kids narrated by Michael Rosen in English but also available in French and German and a more grown up guide narrated by Bill Bryson. There are children’s activity trails and you can even meet some real Romans, or at least some very informative actors dressed up as Romans.
As this is an ancient site, pushchairs are not permitted onsite but you can leave them at the entrance in exchange for a courtesy child carrier. The site is 70% accessible for disabled people. More accessibility information can be found here.
There are two shops and two places to eat: The Roman Baths Kitchen and Pump Room Restaurant. Alternatively, why not explore Bath further and eat at one of the many restaurants and cafés located around the city.
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We just visited this attraction last week. Our 7 year old son was totally engrossed – he was so keen to type in the audio guide numbers and listen to all the information that was clearly geared to his age group. This gave us as parents the opportunity to visit the whole attraction without once having to push/pull him along and he was keen to share the odd fact with us. A highly commended place to visit.