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NileGuide Expert Says:
One of the top reasons Bath is such a destination. If getting in the water is more your goal then be sure to visit the nearby Thermae Bath Spa.
BA1 1LZ Bath, United Kingdom
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NileGuide Expert tip:
If you're planning to visit the Roman Baths in July and August get there early. As Britain's school holidays fall in these months, the baths get extremely busy then.
The Roman Baths pay homage to Bath's origins, so it's unsurprising that over a million visitors head here every year. Bath is home to three thermal springs of 46°C, that have been enjoyed by many cultures. Before the Romans built their impressive Baths, the Celts had a shrine on the site of the baths, and they continue to be enjoyed today at the Thermae Bath Spa. On arriving at the baths you'll be presented with an audio guide narrated by travel writer Bill Bryson (read his Notes of a Small Country for a satirical view of Britain). Follow Bryson's descriptions through one of the world's best-preserved Roman spas. Sights within the complex include the King's Bath, into which 1.5 million litres of hot water still flow daily, and you'll also see the mechanics behind the baths. The Great Bath is the one that is most likely to captivate you though. With its striking archways and the unusually green water, it transports you back in time so magically, that it's almost possible to forget you are in the 21st century.