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Simulated Roman Bathing at Bath.

Today, we drove down from Stratford-upon-Avon to Bath in S.W. England with main object of visiting the famous Roman Baths. We duly arrived Bath about 11.30 am and, after initial difficulty finding suitable parking, found our way to the Baths in the city centre.

Information on the Roman Baths

The Romans occupied most of mainland U.K. from around AD 43 to AD 410 from which period we have a massive physical legacy of roads, ruins, settlements, inscriptions, coins, amphitheatres and cities plus military sites such as Hadrian’s Wall and the Antonine Wall.

Modern-day Bath was known as Aqua Sulis, a recreation themed settlement centred on the hot springs which emerge from deep within the earth. More information as follows:

  • The water flows at a rate of 250,000 gallons per day at temperature of 46 degrees centigrade (115 F.) and contains 43 minerals.
  • The construction demonstrates advanced hydraulic engineering skills of the Romans in the art of taming natural springs.
  • Building of the Baths and temple was completed by around AD 75. In subsequent periods the original simple but elegant structure was modified and extended to include a laconium (circular room with dry, hot air), a cold plunge Circular Bath and new suite of baths at the east end.
  • A religious site dedicated jointly to the local deity Sul (from which Aqua Sulis is derived) and the Roman goddess Minerva.This was a destination for pilgrims seeking guidance of Sulis Minerva and healing in curative waters.The facility was open to a wide range of the populace, from age 18 months to 86 years, both military and civilian.
  • At the centre of Aqua Sulis was a classical temple dedicated to the deities mentioned above.
  • The temple was designed so the hot springs arose from the ground within the temple courtyard with the water channelled into an elaborate bathing facility.
  • Military tombstones have been found in the locality but the site may have been used by the Roman Army for convalescent and recuperative purposes.

View of main bathing pool.

Bathing Pool at Roman Baths

Roman Bath with water inlet

Hypocaust underfloor heating system at Bath

Roman Cosmetics

Today, the Roman Baths are a popular visitor attraction. There is also a commercial bathing facility nearby where visitors can bath in the same, naturally heated waters.#

Other Images of Bath

Pump Room, Bath

River Avon at Bath.

Bath Abbey. Rebuilt in 12th, 16th and 19th centuries.

Tomorrow, we visit Stonehenge.

Shakespearean Actress at Shakespeare’s Birthplace.

This morning, we departed York at 09.45 am and drove south to Stratford-upon-Avon in the English Midlands region, arriving at 12.45pm.

Upon arrival our first priority was Shakespeare’s Birthplace in Henley Street where we spent about one hour.

Shakespeare’s Birth Bed (reproduction)

Parlour at Shakespeare’s Birthplace

Rear of Shakespeare’s Birthplace

Glove making at Shakespeare’s Birthplace

Shakespeare’s Birthplace

After visiting the Birthplace the group explored Stratford at own pace.

High Street, Stratford

River Avon at Stratford

Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford

Ferry crossing River Avon at Stratford.

Roman era inspired ring dance at Stratford

Holy Trinity Church. Shakespeare was baptised and buried here.

Shakespeare’s Schoolroom, Church Street.

Golden Fleece, York

Today, we spent the day in York.

We started with a tour of key sites such as the Minster (Cathedral), Shambles retail area and walk around the old medieval wall. Guests then explored the extensive shopping areas including market.

Tomorrow we move south to Stratford-upon-Avon.

Open air market, York

York viewed from medieval wall

River Ouse, York.

Central Tower, York Minster

Priest inside York Minster

Inside York Minster

Kings’ Screen, York Minster

York Minster

Shoppers in the Shambles

Shambles, York

Coppergate, York

Fossgate, York.

Re-enactment Suffragettes, York.