I was back in Bath last week (unsurprisingly given most my family is here these days!)
You start the tour at ground level – which is a level above the Roman baths – so you get to peer down on the Great Bath from the newly built terrace.
Mum listening in and unintentionally mimicking the statue’s pose! You can see Bath Abbey in the background.
The exhibits in the main part of the museum are varied – here you see a model of the bath buildings and water flow from the hot spring and then a model of the bath and temple buildings as they would have been decorated in Roman times.
Detail from the temple pediment – archeologists aren’t quite sure but they think the head might be Neptune….
There are lots of ways to interact with the displays – the videos showing Roman life are captivating for all ages! I enjoyed watching the Roman lady at her toilet with her slave dressing her hair.
View from the water side, there were some actors in Roman gear welcoming people – I didn’t hang around for a picture though… not quite a full tourist yet!
I would definitely recommend the Baths for an excursion for the whole family – there is plenty to keep all ages entertained, to see everything you need about 2 hours, but of course you can spend longer, try and catch one of the guided tours for extra colour.
Where today’s offerings of coins thrown into the baths get used…. Currently to preserve the largest hoard of Roman coins found in Britain.