- What: Opened in 2006, this multi-million pound, public facility, enables visitors to immerse themselves in Britain's only natural hot springs in a state-of-the-art spa center.
- Where: Hot Bath Street, Bath BA1 1SJ England
- Contact: Reservations and general information +44 (0)1225 33 1234,
- Admission: The Spa Visitor Centre is free. Prices vary but are quite reasonable for use of the Royal Spa and the Cross Bath facilities. Resident discounts are available for the people of Bath and North Somerset. Spa treatments and therapies can also be booked.
Open: Every day except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.
- New Royal Bath 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., last entry 7:30 p.m.
- Cross Bath 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., last entry 6:30 p.m.
- Check the Website for latest prices and treatments.
Bath's Ancient Spring Has a Post Millennial RevivalEven before the Romans arrived, Bath's ancient Celts worshipped their goddess Sul at a spring that remains an ancient sacred site and which gave rise to the Roman name of Bath, Aqua Sulis. From those ancient times visitors have been enjoying the relaxing and therapeutic value of these waters. At least 1 million liters per day rise from approximately 2 km underground at an average temperature of 113ÂºF.
In the mid -1970s, the actual Roman pools and baths were closed to bathers over safety concerns. When the new baths opened in 2006, they marked the first time members of the public had been able to immerse themselves in the springs in 28 years. The facilities, all available at quite reasonable prices, include a variety of hot baths, waterfall showers, aroma steam rooms and a rooftop thermal pool. A typical session includes access to the Minerva Pool, the open-air Rooftop pool, the aroma steamrooms, waterfall shower and Springs CafÃ© and Restaurant.
Across the street from the main spa, the Cross Bath is a smaller thermal pool, for quick visits, fed by the original sacred spring dedicated to Sul. The center-city facilities, near Bath's 15th century Abbey, incorporate some of the original Georgian structures and facades alongside the new, glass-clad structures.