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On a perfect June afternoon, my folks and I visited the Roman Baths and delved into the area’s history and beauty.
I had been twice before (Autumn/winter) and now dad was ready to enjoy his first visit to the iconic site during the busy summer hours.
So how did the 2 experiences compare – Winter vs. Summer visits to the Roman Baths?
Crowds at the Roman Baths:
Being that it was summer and a sunny day, the crowd was intense. Everyone was given an audio guide and allowed to wander at their own pace.
Inside the museum, the crowds were so thick that it was difficult to move around and see the cased exhibits.
Thankfully, the larger exhibits such as an ornamental pediment from the Temple were able to be enjoyed by the entire crowd owing to the surrounding open space.
Re-enactments at the Roman Baths:
One of the benefits of going during the summer holidays is that there are reenactments and tours on-going throughout the day.
Unfortunately, these same re-enactments are not to be found during the winter months.
Mum and Dad with our tour guide (below)
Hot Spa Water Experience at the Roman Baths:
During the winter months, you can enjoy the water from inside the pump rooms and during the summer they serve the water in paper cones inside the museum.
Aside from the inability to see everything in the walk-through of the museum because of the crush of tourists, the water faucet was my biggest disappointment during our summer visit.
I understand that because of the season it was not practical to have everyone go into the Pump Rooms like mum and I did in January but still — not very memorable and decorative, yes? And sno cone paper cups?
A visit to the Roman Baths is well worth a visit, if you are in the area, no matter the time of year!!
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The What and Where:
Website: Roman Baths
Tickets: Prices vary by date and season. 10% off when bought on-line.
Your Roman Baths ticket includes an audio guide in one of twelve languages, public guided tour on the hour, every hour starting from the Great Bath from 10.00 am and the opportunity to try the natural Spa water at the end of your visit.
Location: Roman Baths, Abbey Church Yard, Bath, BA1 1LZ