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The magic of Bath

The Roman Baths

A trip to the historic – and stunning – South West town of Bath isn’t complete without a trip to the prized hot springs: The Roman Baths.

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One of the finest historic sites in Northern Europe, and of the most popular tourist attractions in the UK (attracting around one million visitors a year), it is run by the Heritage Services section of Bath and North East Somerset Council.

While the museum at the site of its original Roman Baths includes The Great Bath, statues, and an iconic temple, the stylish Pump Room Restaurant serves up ,modern-British cuisine in elegant surroundings – including the quintessential afternoon tea. Alternatively, stop by the Roman Baths Kitchen to sample the indulgent breakfast, lunch and dinner menus that celebrate local suppliers and homegrown produce.

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From the informative walkthrough (the site lies below the modern street level and has four features: the Sacred Sping, the Roman Temple, the Roman Bath House and finds from the Roman Bath), to children friendly costumed characters, family activities and much more, there’s something for everyone.

What’s more, in 2011 The Roman Baths completed a £5.5m redevelopment to bring the best of modern interpretation to the site, transform its accessibility and preserve it for the next 100 years. This is the first phase of an on-going programme of development that will take place over the next seven years.

To find out about upcoming events and to book tickets, visit www.romanbaths.co.uk

 

Thermae Bath Spa

Britain’s original, thermal day spa, Thermae Bath Spa is remarkable for a number of reasons. First off, guests can bathe in naturally warm, mineral-rich waters just as the Celts and Romans did over 2,000 years ago, and secondly, it’s a World Heritage Site that combines the best of the historic spa with contemporary design and first-class facilities.

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Spa-goers can relax in the stunning open-air rooftop pool, overlooking the city by day or night; bathe in the natural thermal waters of the Minerva Bath or more-private Cross Bath; refresh the senses in the onsite steam rooms; indulge in a range of spa treatments; book up a package; and eat at the fabulous Springs Restaurant.

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For more information and to see the range of amazing spa packages on offer, visit www.thermaebathspa.com

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