Part Two: The Roman Baths

the roman baths

In 2019, my partner decided to surprise me and treat us to a couple’s weekend vacation to see The Roman Baths. (My son was staying with his dads for the weekend). It was somewhere that I had always wanted to visit, as I have always been into design technology, so I am fascinated by architecture. (especially Japanese, Roman, Greek, and Gothic architecture)

Bath Abbey

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Bath Abbey

Before we entered the attraction, we took photos of the Abbey. As I mentioned earlier about Gothic architecture, Bath Abbey is a prime example of this style. (Perpendicular Gothic).

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Bath Abbey architecture

Ancient Rome

roman bath ceiling, roman bath ceiling at the roman baths
Roman Bath Ceiling

Once entering the museum, I marvelled at the intricate detail of the ceilings.

Ancient Roman Baths, in their time, were used for public baths, and what we viewed was the preserved remains of one. (such a memorable moment for us to be able to see a glimpse of the past). Furthermore, the roman attraction was “constructed in around 70AD.”

Statues

Sculptor George Anderson Lawson was responsible for carving the sculptures, which we saw as we walked around the terrace.

The Sacred Pool

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Water at The Roman Baths

The sacred pool was a memorable experience. As my partner and I approached the bath, we could instantly feel the warmth of the heated water.

Here is a photo of me trying to do my best yoga pose, being at one with the water. I tell you, if I had any feeling of stress before, sitting by the warm water soon alleviated that.

yoga pose, the roman baths
yoga pose at The Roman Baths

Hypocaust

We entered the Hypocaust room. (caldarium) The Hypocaust is a heated system that circulated hot air around the room.

Inclusive Tourism Award 2018

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Inclusive Tourism Award 2018.

I cannot mention this attraction without highlighting that they won the Inclusive Tourism Award for the VisitEngland Awards in 2018. Additionally, they have assisted doors and have previously hosed evening explorers’ events for autistic people. (which are more relaxed and at a reduced capacity).

Moreover, on their website, they provide an information guide for autistic visitors and a visual story. I always look for visual stories and sensory maps too, when looking on websites.

(more photos from our visit)

Cocktails

strawberry daiquiri, cocktail
strawberry daiquiri

Bath is a thriving university city, so when my partner and I went into a bar for a drink, we were surrounding by students. At this moment, I thought to myself, wow, I feel old. It is fair to say that my university days of bar crawling are well and truly over. I did enjoy my strawberry daiquiri though.

Overall, my partner and I enjoyed all the history that The Roman Baths had to offer, and we made the most out of spending quality time together.

Where was the last attraction or place you have visited as a couple?

Coming soon:

Next on Blast from the Past Series is Part Three: National Space Centre.

Disclaimer: This post is for information and entertainment purposes; and personal experience. All external links are for information purposes only. The days out mentioned in the blog are based on past experiences. (before lockdown) The attractions and places mentioned in this blog are temporarily closed due to lockdown and in line with the government’s guidance. I received no payment or any other commission for this post.

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