The Thermae Bath Spa
This year I took a trip to Bath for my birthday and even though it was July it was pretty downcast. We stayed at a Travelodge in the city centre and decided to explore the city over the weekend. PS. It rained a lot! So in spite of the rubbish weather we decided to go to the Thermae Spa on the day with the worst weather. What a magical place it is.. and what stories it has to tell!
Did you know that Bath is is the only place in the UK where you can bathe in warm, mineral-rich thermal waters, which come directly from the natural hot springs? Because of the cities Roman history it has become a big tourist spot for millions across the world. The entire city is a World Heritage Site!
The springs are situated deep beneath the city and there is archaeological evidence that there were people hanging about the hot springs at least 8,000 years B.C! Just 100 metres from the original Roman Baths sits the restored Spa which draws its thermal waters from the Hetling Spring, the Cross Spring and Kings Spring which deliver over one million litres of water every day at a temperature of 44 – 46 degrees centigrade.
Thermae Bath Spa is a combination of the historic spa and a contemporary building in the city of Bath, England which re-opened in 2006 after a big refurbishment.
There is always a queue outside but we managed to time it well and checked in quickly, grabbed our wristbands, robes, towels and slippers and headed into the changing rooms with its high tech locker system. We had no treatments booked and simply wanted to relax in the waters!
We stepped into the warm Minerva Bath which consists of ergonomic curves and large, grand columns which push you around the pool in a lazy river like way. The gentle rapid pushes you around the pools between the circular pods which all let out a different vapour. We spent a good hour in here, swimming around and relaxing in the pods on our spaghetti tubes.
Then we headed up to the rooftop pool…
The weather was not great but the views across the city from the pool where still just as amazing. It was rather chilly when we got out the pool but we quickly popped back into our robes and headed back downstairs after a few photos in front of the views.
After this we then headed down to the steam room area which consisted of four glass rooms within one larger room which all have different vapours again all of which are mean’t to help your health and improve your senses.
We had a lovely morning and enjoyed our visit to the spa immensely.. I would 100% go back here next time I am in Bath. It is a little pricey for a timed visit but its definitely worth the experience!
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Sophie is a blogger and freelance writer based in the UK. She writes about all things travel on her blog over at Sophie’s Suitcase and in her spare time writes for Elite Daily and The Culture Trip. You can also find her on social media; Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.