The Roman Baths is one of the finest historic sites in Northern Europe, and one of the most popular tourist attractions in the UK. It is run by the Heritage Services section of Bath & North East Somerset Council.
The Roman Baths are open every day, except 25 and 26 December. The opening times vary throughout the year, and include special late evening entry over the Easter weekend and during mid-June, July and August.
Please note that last admission is one hour before closing times.
Lifts are available and 90% of the site is accessible to wheelchair users. Visitors with hearing or visual impairments are able to enjoy the site using sign language audio guides and tactile displays.
Because the Roman Baths are six metres below street level, there are unfortunately a number of steps throughout the site. We have recently installed two lifts and improved the handrails in many places, but to access the entire site, you will still need to climb some steps. Please make staff aware that you have limited mobility, and they will direct you to the most accessible route.
We give every visitor a hand-held audioguide to help you enjoy your visit. If arthritis or any other limb condition makes it difficult for you to hold, we can give you an ear-piece or headphones. Disabled visitors pay the normal price for admission, the accompanying carer goes free.
There is level access from the Abbey Church Yard entrance to most of the ground floor areas including the 18th century Pump Room, the Sun Lounge which overlooks the hot spring and the outside Terrace which overlooks the Great Bath. There is also level access to the main Roman Baths shop from Stall Street.
Access to the teaching space, mezzanine displays, lower museum, Great Bath and East Baths is via four accessible lifts. For safety reasons a maximum of four wheelchair users can access the lower levels at any one time. There is a limit to the size of the wheelchair, see platform lift information below. An adapted toilet is normally available close to the Roman Baths entrance.
There are two wheelchairs and a mobility scooter available for use by visitors but these are not bookable. The Shopmobility(link is external) service can reserve wheelchairs for visitors however. Please also note that the original Roman paving around the Great Bath is extremely uneven.
We have British Sign Language handsets available free of charge. If you are a hearing aid user, we can provide you with an audioguide compatible with the "T" switch on hearing aids. We can also provide a printed copy of the audioguide text. A signing guide may be available to give a tour in British Sign Language. With advance notice (two weeks is appreciated) it is usually possible to arrange this.
We have some Braille information panels and tactile models as well as a more descriptive audioguide for people with visual impairments, which describes things in greater detail. Braille transcripts of the audioguide are available on request. We are happy to arrange object-handling sessions for groups wth special needs. Contact the Bookings Office (link sends e-mail)for further information.
The Roman Baths is below street level and some of the complex is underground, including the Roman temple courtyard. The walkway through the courtyard is narrow in places and can become crowded, so there is a risk of claustrophobia. You can if you wish omit part of the visit, just ask a member of staff to show you an alternative route. In July and August the visit is less crowded in the evening, or before 10.00am. At other times weekdays are less busy than weekends and weekday mornings are the best time to visit.
HOW TO REACH
The Roman Baths are in the centre of Bath in the West of England. Bath is 100 miles (160km) west of London and 10 miles (16km) east of Bristol. Bath has good coach and rail connections from London and from most major cities in the UK. It is a delightful city to explore on foot.
By bus or coach
Riverside Coach Park, Bath - Notification of changes to coach pick up/drop off commencing 4 January 2016
There will be a change in operation of the Riverside Coach Park BA1 1UE from a long term parking facility to short term (drop-off/pick-up) use. This change will be implemented in January 2016 with long term coach parking being relocated to the First Bus Weston Island depot BA2 9ES. This is due to essential flood mitigation and flood defence works to the north and south banks of the River Avon.
There will be no drop-off/pick-up charge for the Riverside Coach Park but there will be parking charges at the Weston Island depot which will be in line with the current charges at the Riverside Coach Park.
Please see for further information and contact details if you require further clarification.
National Express operates a regular bus service from London Victoria, Heathrow and Gatwick airports. The dropping-off point is at the bus station, five minutes walk from the Roman Baths, see pedestrian map.
The quickest and most straightforward route if you are travelling from a distance is likely to be via the M5 and M4 approaching Bath from the north and using the Lansdown Park and Ride, marked Park and Ride North. Full details of Park and Ride services for Bath (link is external) can be viewed here. Bath Car Park charges (link is external)can be viewed here.
Disabled Badge Holders: There are parking bays for disabled people in a number of locations in the city centre. Please contact Shopmobility (link is external) on 01225 481744 or email (link sends e-mail) for the latest details.
Bath is an excellent city to visit by rail. The station is called Bath Spa. There are frequent high-speed connections to London Paddington. For a slower and cheaper service try London Waterloo. The Roman Baths is less than ten minutes walk from the station, see pedestrian map.
Bath is well suited to pedestrians. Most hotels and guest houses are within easy reach of the city centre. Follow the on-street maps, or print out a pedestrian map. The Roman Baths are right in the centre of Bath, near Bath Abbey. The entrance is in Abbey Church Yard, BA1 1LY.
Bath is accessible from Heathrow and Gatwick airports by public transport. The nearest airport is Bristol Airport, (link is external) which serves the UK and a number of European routes. There are cars for hire and Bath is about 45 minutes drive away. There is an hourly direct bus link from Bristol airport to Bath city centre. For more information visit the Bristol Airport Guide (link is external) here.
Bath is on the Sustrans National Cycle Route 4, which runs east-west through Bath, connecting Reading to Bristol. The immensely popular Bristol – Bath railway Path provides a tranquil walking and cycling path between the two cities. There is also good access from the south through the new Bath Two Tunnels Circuit, Route 244. There is helpful advice on the Sustrans (link is external) website.
There is no direct cycle route from the north, and the A46 can be dangerous for cyclists, so it is worth planning a route that avoids this busy road.
Museums Saver ticket
Entry to Roman Baths, Fashion Museum & Victoria Art Gallery
- Adult: £ 22.50 online/£ 25.00 on the door
- Student (Full time with valid I.D.): £ 21.15 online/£ 23.50 on the door
- Senior (65+): £ 21.15 online/£ 23.50 on the door
- Child (Age 6-18): £ 13.50 online/£ 15.00 on the door
- Family Two Adults (2 adults and up to 4 children): £ 62.10 online/£ 69.00 on the door
- Family One Adult (1 adult and up to 4 children): £ 43.20 online/£ 48.00 on the door
Regular single entry to Roman Baths on Saturday or Sunday
- Adult: £ 18.00 online/£ 20.00 on the door
- Student (Full time with valid I.D.): £ 16.65 online/£ 18.50 on the door
- Senior (65+): £ 16.65 online/£ 18.50 on the door
- Child (Age 6-18): £ 11.25 online/£ 12.50 on the door
- Family Two Adults (2 adults and up to 4 children): £ 49.05 online/£ 54.50 on the door
- Family One Adult (1 adult and up to 4 children): £ 34.65 online/£ 38.50 on the door
Regular single entry to Roman Baths Monday to Friday
- Adult: £ 16.20 online/£ 18.00 on the door
- Student (Full time with valid I.D.): £ 14.85 online/£ 16.50 on the door
- Senior (65+): £ 14.85 online/£ 16.50 on the door
- Child (Age 6-18): £ 9.45 online/£ 10.50 on the door
- Family Two Adults (2 adults and up to 4 children): £ 43.20 online/£ 48.00 on the door
- Family One Adult (1 adult and up to 4 children): £ 30.15 online/£ 33.50 on the door
Roman Baths, Abbey Church Yard
BA1 1LZ Bath