Located in the center of Bath, the Roman Baths is definitely a must-see, and enough reason to make the day trip from London.
The Roman Baths date back to the 1st century, back when Britain was part of the Roman Empire, called Britannia at the time. Expanded in the 4th century, these baths are very well-preserved, for people in future generations to see. This one was built in honor of the goddess Sulis Minerva, which was a hybrid of Roman and Celtic deities.
Entering the place, you walk around the Great Bath on the top level. Then enter into the museum, where there are displays of artifacts that have been found around the area. Some of the highlights that should not be missed, is the golden head of Sulis Minerva. And the pediment that may have been at the top of the entrance to the temple, with the face of possibly a god.
There is water running through the place, under the museum, which you can see by the gift shop. Just amazing to look at, and another reminder how great engineers that the Romans were.
Then it is the Great Bath at the bottom level, right by it. Also, you can see the different pools and a changing room in the East Baths. And a dipping pool and heating pool, which may been a whirlpool, if I understand this correctly. Regardless, I think, not really all that different than how swimming pool places are in the present day.
Audioguide is included in the admission, and in addition to hearing the regular ones, there is the option to hear what travel writer, Bill Bryson, has to say. I thought hearing Bryson's commentary was interesting, as it gave more of the layman's point of view. Worth a listen if time permits, or if you are a fan of his.
This place should definitely not be missed. If you had to pick one attraction to do in this town, then this is a Roman Bath well worth taking!
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