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Roman Baths

Listed under Visitor Attractions in Bath, United Kingdom.

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Sulis Minerva’s shrine stands in the remains of this beautiful city’s baths. Worshipped as a deity of vitality, nourishment new life, the goddess has watched over the Bath’s famed thermal spas for centuries. Aesthetics are probably not at the top of this goddess’s list as the water which once fell as rain onto the Mendip Hills now bubbles up from the ground into square, murky, jade coloured pools. The Sacred Spring, Roman temple, and Roman Bath House are all part of the complex, walk through Abbey Church Yard to access them.

Explore the museum’s collection of metal, minerals and stones all dating back to a time when the site was the social heart of the city. The Pump room is a neo-classical salon where hot spa water is drawn for drinking. It contains over 43 minerals; something so good for you is obviously not going to taste so delectable and after one sip, you may begin to realise why the Romans drank wine instead of water. Nevertheless, Bath’s thermal water is recognised as a healer of ails and woes. Rather kindly, the museum has provided a more contemporary approach with the chance to spend two hours in a modern spa outside. Relax in the steam room afterwards and end your visit in the Pump Room restaurant, before retiring to one of the wide selection of hotels in the neighbourhood.

Roman Baths Museum Website.

Written by  Sybilla Harvey.

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