Spa and Hot Springs of Bath

Bath, United Kingdom

The spa and hot springs of Bath are traditionally associated with the Romans. It is true that the Romans developed the baths and built a massive complex, with temples and administrative buildings, around them. However the site dates back to the Celtic period, and the baths have been in used almost continuously since the Romans left. The spa was revitalised in the 18th century and appears on the novels of Jane Austen. Today the Roman spa is a museum but there are still places nearby where you can take the waters.

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Founded: Celtic
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in United Kingdom

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4.3/5 (based on Google user reviews)

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Debbie Jackson (19 months ago)
A lovely relaxing and fun afternoon spent with my daughter. The only slight downside was the number of couples being rather 'affectionate'; but it is quite a couples place, so was expecting this a little bit. We didn't have any treatments but did have afternoon tea - which was more than enough for two people. I particularly enjoyed the steam rooms. We will return!
Danielle Bell (19 months ago)
Better than I expected although also much busier. I think it might be important to think of this place as more of a spa Disneyland for adults than a relaxing place to unwind. If you can get in that frame of mind, there’s so many interesting touches to keep the experience seamless and the spa/saunas themselves are pretty innovative, clean, and enjoyable.
Geraldine Thomson (19 months ago)
Worth visiting for the rooftop pool alone. Quite an experience - thermal waters and soothing views of the Bath environs. The steam and sauna rooms are pretty standard- have experienced much better elsewhere and the indoor pool and spa nothing to scream about. Very much a tourist destination and was busy when we visited which diminishes the experience somewhat but is inevitable so we can't complain! A visit during quieter time - it is possible! - would be best.
amélie Heulin (19 months ago)
Beautiful place in the heart of Bath! This modern and elegant SPA is one the best I have done. With a variety of rooms in the wellness suite (I particularly enjoyed the steam rooms with their lovely fragrances) and two pools (beautiful view from the rooftop one) everyone will find something to enjoy. We finished by a massage that was very well executed. I highly recommend and will go back. If you can avoid weekend and busy days, the experience is certainly more relaxing
Martin Allen (20 months ago)
Two lovely pools to use, the rooftop pool has brilliant views and is really relaxing, and the inside one is great too with lots of jets and bubbles. The water is amazingly warm, and is great even when cold outside. Can get very busy with queues taking a couple of hours to get in so either get there early, or take advantage of the fast track which costs more but you get straight in. Lovely little restaurant inside too
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