The Residence

Weston Road, Bath, Somerset, BA1 2XZ, United Kingdom
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bath, england

by johndale

my daughter is going there this summer--she needs to know if you can actually take a bath in the roman baths in bath england----kinda nutty question, but i can't seem to find an answer.

Re: bath, england

by leics

No, I'm you can't bathe in them. They're an important archaeological and historical monument, though, so she'll enjoy visiting....and Bath itself is an interesting place. There may be some modern health spas around Bath which use the hot springs, but I can't help with that!.

Re: bath, england

by jamesfmunro

Not as far as I know. The water holds a population of an amoeba that causes brain damage, so bathing is out.

Re: bath, england

by colin_bramso

Hi John. Just in case you haven't come across it, the website is

Re: bath, england

by carteki

You can't bathe in the actual roman baths, but they were building a 'spa complex' in Bath when I was there 2 years ago. It should be completed by now and she will be able to swim in the 'healthy waters' of Bath.

Re: bath, england

by hawkhead

While she can't bathe in the Roman baths, there is a brand new spa complex using the same water source that the Romans usedin central Bath. Website is

Re: Re: bath, england

by monkeyfeesh

Is Thermae Bath Spa actually open yet? Last I heard it was hideously over-budget and behind-schedule.

Re: Re: bath, england

by hawkhead

The latest news, as of 4th May, is that the opening is now scheduled for Autumn 2004. It is behind schedule but has been so much in the news that I thought it must be up and running by now!!

Re: Re: bath, england

by UKBound

I just checked out their web address, and now they are projecting an opening date of late 2004/early 2005.

RE: RE: bath, england

by Tamrundle

Still not open to my knowledge folks. Legal arguments, Liberal town council members being pilloried and some very boring local paper articles about peeling pain considered this has all been a bit of a farce. I suggest a sunny day and dip your toes in the River Avon.

RE: RE: bath, england

by johndale

thanks for the info. this was in regards to a trip my daughter took last year to europe. she did have a fun time, even in bath.

RE: RE: bath, england

by Tamrundle

Glad to hear it. Good luck with the next trip

Travel Tips for Bath

The Gentleman is not at home...

by pedersdottir

Looking like a classic Georgian manor, the Holburne Museum of Art began life as public lodgings. Opened in 1796 as the Sydney Hotel, it was a tourist magnet in its day. Teas and balls were held on the premises; fireworks dazzled the public from its gardens.

Jane Austen lived opposite the hotel and gardens from 1801-1804 at No. 4 Sydney Place. Often described as suffering from 'writer's block' during that interval, I think she was simply diverted from her writing. The circus, the parties, the public promenades must have posed a major distraction to the country parson's daughter.

Today the building houses the collections of an 18th century Bath notable, Sir William Holburne. Magnificent silver shares space with intimate souvenirs and royal objects d'art. Each item is exquisite - the total collection reflects the best of Bath's age of elegance, from Thomas Gainsborough to Josiah Wedgwood.

The museum is open Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Sunday 2:30 to 5:30 PM. Admission is L 4.00

Lance Armstrong's Bike

by graeme83

About a 5 minute walk from the centre of the town is a bicycle shop called "John's Bikes". In the front window is a bike that was ridden by Lance Armstrong.

The address of the shop is 82-84 Walcot Street, Bath, BA1 5BD. If you're interested in bikes, the guys inside are very knowledgeable.

The Rat and Parrot

by graeme83 about The Rat and Parrot

I tend to visit this place as the last before a club. It is very lively on a Saturday night, but has quite long queues in the evening at the bar. The pub is very large and has lots of avaliable seating.

If you love Thai food then go here

by philsta about Salathai Restaurant

Salathai has only been open since November 2003, located in Pierrepont Place, the restaurant is only a few minutes walk from the centre of town and offers a wide range of delicious, and remarkably presented food. All the food is freshly cooked to order and there is also plenty of choice for vegetarians. It's not too easy to find but well worth looking for. The food is great and the serive very fast, friendly and efficient. The seafood salad is sooooo good, fresh hot and spicy.

Lots of great Places

by Balam

As you would expect there are a lot of places to eat in Bath and you will be spoilt for choice. The link below is for a really good website that will help you choose the places you want to eat. They are all members of The Bath Restaurants Association.

You can use the inter active map or download printable guides.


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Address: Weston Road, Bath, Somerset, BA1 2XZ, United Kingdom