Learning by Being there: The Roman Baths

Updated: Sep 21, 2021

I have always wanted to go to the Roman Baths so this was an absolute must to be included in our three-month tour of the UK. It was also a great way to incorporate some learning about Roman Engineering into our home ed lesson planning.

I'm not sure if I'm the only one, but I always thought you could swim in the baths and we even intended taking our costumes with us just in case! The first thing they tell you when you get there is not to touch the water because the rats swim in it. Swimming is definitely a no-go.

You pay more to visit the baths on a weekend so if you can make your trip in the week you can save yourself some money. It cost us £69 for a family of four. We didn't do the audio tour but when we got inside we realised there's actually an audio guide for children too, so this might well be worth trying.

The baths were really fascinating, there was a lot more to it than I thought there would be, particularly as you make your way down into the depths of the ruins to see even more remains of what once stood and a model replica of how the baths would have once looked.

When visiting the Roman Baths you will also see the ruins of the Temple of Sulis Minerva and learn about how huge the area that the baths took up really was. The thermal springs that rise up beneath the city are still there and as you make your way through the building you will feel the heat and see the steam coming off the water. It's really quite amazing! Don't miss the gilt bronze head of the Goddess Sulis Minerva, and other Roman artefacts including a huge collection of coins which gives a great record of how old the city is.

There's a find the object guidebook the children can complete on the way around and if you want to extend your learning, search for Roman Baths worksheets on Twinkl.

The city of Bath itself is really lovely and if you have time afterward, spend some time exploring the streets. We also headed over to the Parade Gardens which are a lovely spot for your packed lunch. There's also a cafe inside. The gardens come with a small charge but you can come and go all day. The Roman baths is a wonderful, hands-on learning experience that I would highly recommend.

Why not make a break of it and book yourself an overnight stay using Holiday Cottages or Skypes Holiday Cottages, both offer value for money.

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