Locals and visitors will be able to enjoy the magical experience of seeing the Roman Baths by torchlight every evening this summer.
The Roman Baths will be opening until 10pm every evening during July and August for a special season of Torchlit Summer Evenings, with last entry at 9pm.
Set in the heart of the World Heritage City of Bath, the Roman Baths is an ancient temple and bathing complex on the site of Britain’s only hot spring, which still flows with naturally hot water.
Visitors can walk around the Great Bath where people bathed nearly 2,000 years ago, see the ruins of the temple of Minerva where Roman worshippers gathered, and explore the Roman Baths museum.
Run by Bath & North East Somerset Council, the Roman Baths attracts more than 1 million visitors every year, making it one of the most visited heritage attractions in the UK.
Cllr Patrick Anketell-Jones, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development, said: “The Roman Baths is one of the jewels in the UK’s cultural crown and the Torchlit Summer Evenings are a magical experience for visitors. And with free entry for Discovery Card holders, the late evening opening is a great opportunity for local residents to rediscover one of Bath’s most famous attractions after the daytime crowds have disappeared.”
The Roman Baths will be open every day in July and August from 9am to 10pm, with last entry at 9pm. Adult tickets for the Roman Baths will cost £15.50 in July and August. Entry is free for local Discovery Card holders.
Any Bath and North East Somerset residents who do not have a Discovery Card can apply for one by visiting http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/services/tourism-and-heritage/discovery-card and downloading a form.
The Pump Room restaurant will be open late for dinner and drinks, with live music every evening. Last orders 9.00pm. Please call 01225 444477 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book. The Roman Baths Kitchen offers a more informal setting with alfresco dining. Reservations can be made on 01225 477877 or email email@example.com. The Roman Baths shop will stay open every day until 10pm.
You can combine a tour of the Roman Baths with a dinner package or a trip to nearby Thermae Bath Spa, where you can bathe overlooking the twinkling lights of the city as the sun goes down.
The following packages are available:
Torchlit Tour and Dinner at the Roman Baths Kitchen
A special twilight ticket including a three-course dinner at the Roman Baths Kitchen, located just opposite the Roman Baths in the shadow of Bath Abbey, and a visit to the Roman Baths by torchlight. £39.50 (excluding wine). Reservations can be made on 0844 8475 256 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spas Ancient and Modern Package
Combine a visit to the Roman Baths, including a Champagne Tea or three-course lunch at the Pump Room, with an evening at Thermae Bath Spa where you can bathe in the naturally warm, mineral-rich waters of the Minerva Bath and relax in the open-air rooftop pool with its magnificent views over the twinkling lights of the city at sunset. Spa treatments can be booked as an optional extra. £79.00 mid-week, £82.00 weekends.