Pubs Near the Roman Baths
A trip to Bath would be incomplete without visiting the ancient Roman Baths – one of the best-preserved examples of Roman architecture in the world.
Our Bath pubs near the city centre make the perfect base for before or after your trip to the Roman Baths of Aquae Sulis, serving scrumptious, locally-sourced classic pub dishes alongside an excellent range of proper Butcombe beers for you to discover.
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Pubs and inns near the Roman Baths
After a busy day exploring the Roman Baths, quench your thirst with a pint of proper beer. Take a break at one of our nearby pubs, whilst enjoying a tasty classic pub meal washed down with a refreshing pint of award-winning Butcombe ale or local cider.
Broad Street Townhouse
Take a break from exploring the beautiful golden city of Bath, and stop in for a light bite, craft beer, glass of wine, or cocktail in our ground floor café/bar at Broad Street Townhouse, a stone’s throw away from popular Bath attractions like Thermae Bath Spa, the Roman Baths, and Bath Abbey. If you’re in the mood for something more substantial, pop next door to our sister venue, The Pig & Fiddle, for a hearty pub classic meal.
The Pig And Fiddle
An iconic pub in the heart of Bath, the refurbished Pig & Fiddle offers all-day food offer, regular live sport, and a buzzing atmosphere, any time of day.
Get stuck into hearty seasonal pub classics, banging bar snacks, a delicious brunch menu, and Piggy sharer Sunday roasts in Bath, perfectly paired with a variety of craft beer, cask ale, wine and cocktails.
The Roman Baths
Almost 2000 years old, the ancient Roman Baths are some of the best-preserved Roman ruins in the world and attract millions of visitors every year.
A brief history of the Roman Baths
When the Romans first discovered the hot springs around 60-70AD, they built a religious temple beside them, believing them to be the work of the gods.
Over the next 300 years, the temple site was developed into a public bathhouse, complete with baths, saunas, plunge pools and heated rooms. Named Aquae Sulis, the bathing complex attracted visitors from all over the country and even parts of Europe.
When Roman rule came to an end in the 5th century, the bathhouse fell into disrepair when the River Avon flooded the site and buried it under a thick layer of mud. It wasn’t until the end of the 19th century that the Victorians uncovered the baths, restoring them and opening them to the public.
Nowadays, the baths are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and are one of the UK’s most popular tourist destinations.
The Great Bath
The highlight of the Roman Baths is the Great Bath – a huge pool lined with 45 sheets of lead and filled with thermal spa water. The pool was originally housed in an impressive 20-metre high hall, which would have been the largest building many Romans would have encountered in their lifetime.
Today, the pool is open to skies, surrounded by a terrace filled with statues of Roman Emperors and statesmen, carved by the Victorians for the baths’ reopening at the end of the 19th century.
The Sulis Minerva Temple
Before the Romans discovered the natural springs, they were originally a place of worship for the Celts, dedicated to Sulis, their goddess of spring, fertility and healing. When the Romans invaded and built their temple next to the site, they dedicated it to both the Celtic goddess and their own goddess Minerva, and in the process created a new deity named Sulis Minerva.
Today, you can find the remains of the temple pediment in the bath’s museum, alongside the gilt bronze head of a Sulis Minerva statue which would have once stood inside the temple.
The Sacred Spring
Next to the Great Bath is a smaller room housing the Sacred spring where over a million litres of thermal water rises each day.
The Romans believed the spring was a direct line to Sulis Minerva and would come here to throw messages of revenge etched onto sheets of lead about people who had wronged them into the water for the goddess to act upon.
Visitors can see a selection of these ‘curse tablets’ on display in the baths’ museum today!
The Pump Room
Opened in 1706, the Pump Room was once the centre of the Georgian social scene. Visitors would flock here to tap the thermal spa water directly from the springs via a water pump, believing it to have medicinal qualities. Famous visitors included Charles Dickens and Jane Austen, the latter featuring the room in two of her novels.
Visitors can still choose to sample the famous water today, so long as they don’t mind its unusual taste!