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Last updated: 28 May, 2023
Expert travel writer: Sian Lewis

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.


Price from: £38
Minimum age: 12
Age suitable: 12+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

Book well ahead for treatments, especially in the peak summer season (June to August).

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.


When to do it

It’s open all year round, seven days a week. Weekends during summer sees queues around the corner for entry and a bit of a scrum in the steam rooms.

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.

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