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Good to see but long audio tour.
Roman Baths Museum (Bath)
Member Name: rosaliecullen
Roman Baths Museum (Bath)
Advantages: Good piece of history
Disadvantages: Long audio tour
The Roman baths in Bath are the site where a hot spring of water sprung up thousands of years ago. The Romans took full advantage of this and turned this area into bathing baths, healing baths and areas such as a sauna/steam room for the Roman era. It has a long history and is definitely the main attraction when going to Bath.
**Getting into the attraction**
It is worth noting that if you do the city sightseeing bus, you can get a small discount (10% I think) off the ticket price of the Roman Baths. Try and look on the web to see if you can get any discount vouchers before you go. We queued outside for 20 minutes in April, the queue goes down pretty quickly, and strangely enough when you enter the majestic interior, there is ample space to queue so not sure why we were left outside for so long.
**What do I get?**
The ticket price of £22(ish) for 2 adults was fairly reasonable. You get a free audio guide which was simple to use. My major gripe with the audio guide is there was an awful lot of material to listen to, not all of it fully relevant to the baths themselves, more about Roman life etc. which as interesting as it was, I just wanted to get to the hot spring baths to view them for myself, and ended up going on an hour long tour of the museum part complete with rambling audio guide. I'm extremely interested in history but even felt this was just too long-winded. There are tours specifically for kids, but I fear they may get bored waiting for the adults to finish their tour.
**Would I go again?**
When I finally got to view the baths and spring, it was really good, really enjoyed it. I was glad I visited and would recommend, but just bear in mind the audio guide is over an hour long if you listen to every number, do what we did and skip a few of the less important parts. I wouldn't visit again in the near future as I feel I have seen what I need to see. However, if I were to visit again in the future with my family who didn't go, I wouldn't have any qualms about going back to see the baths.
Also posted on tripadvisor by dollydaydream84 and updated for your viewing pleasure.
Summary: Enjoyed it but no need to hurry back.
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