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Thermae Bath Spa
  • Thermae Bath Spa
  • Thermae Bath Spa
  • Thermae Bath Spa
  • Thermae Bath Spa
  • Thermae Bath Spa
  • Thermae Bath Spa
  • Thermae Bath Spa
  • Thermae Bath Spa
  • Thermae Bath Spa
  • Thermae Bath Spa
Many people are surprised that they can’t bathe in the town’s Roman Baths, but the Thermae Bath Spa is the modern equivalent of the attraction that gave the town its name. It opened in 2006 with a showpiece rooftop pool, steam rooms and the intimate Cross Bath and therapy rooms specialising in thermal water massages. Bath’s natural thermal water – the same used by the Romans – is used throughout.
You have to pay extra for towels and robes at the spa, but you can bring your own (or your hotel’s) to escape the charge. Book well ahead for treatments, especially in the peak summer season (June-Aug).
Open all year round, seven days a week, 9am-9pm. Hit the spa later in the day to watch the sunset from the rooftop pool. Weekday mornings are a great time as well – you’ll have the place pretty much to yourself. Weekends during summer sees queues around the corner for entry and a bit of a scrum in the steam rooms.

Only children over 12 years old are allowed. Children under 16 are not permitted in the New Royal Bath; those aged 12-16 years must be accompanied by an adult or guardian in the stand-alone Cross Bath. There are no spa treatments for anyone under age 18.

There are lifts to all floors and special assistance chairs give access to the baths. There are, however, no hoists or beds in the changing rooms. Contact them in advance with any special access requirements.
Super saver
Bath’s tourist information centre sells a package for spa lovers: two hours at Thermae Bath Spa, tickets to the Roman Baths and lunch at the Pump Room – book it at www.visitbathshop.co.uk.
Where to eat or drink
Dodge the tourist outlets around Bath Abbey and instead head for Komedia Arts Café on Westgate Street for a good value lunch. http://www.komedia.co.uk/bath/arts-cafe.
Fact sheet
  • Type Spa
  • Place Bath
  • Notoriety Well known
  • Price guide $$$$$
  • Adults price from £26
  • Recommended duration 2 hours
  • Available Jan-Dec
  • Best time Jan-Dec
  • Minimum age 12+
  • Booking requirement Booking recommended
  • Wheelchair friendly Yes
  • Physical difficulty
  • Fear factor
  • Authentic & unspoilt
  • Cultural insight
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