It’s a chilly time of the year. Ice trickles down your neck, wind biting your skin. It’s the best possible time for you to rejuvenate your body in a place that has the only natural thermal water in Britain. This magical place is in Bath at the Thermae Bath Spa.
The legend is that King Lear’s father, Prince Bladud, cured his leprosy after bathing in this water. That was sometime around 863BC. The veracity of this story is unclear but it is known that the Romans built a temple and baths using the natural springs around 50AD.
What is the magic in the thermal waters? Essentially it involves more than 42 minerals such as sulphate, calcium, chloride, magnesium, sodium, and silica. It’s a feat of nature and it produces more than a million litres of healing mineral-rich water daily.
Until the Spa was restored in 2006, this fine water simply flowed into the River Avon. Now it flows through the four Thermae baths at a maintained bathing temperature of 33.5°C (92°F).
Thermae Bath Spa is more than a place where the best healing waters in Britain are found. It’s a place where you can be totally pampered with massages, facials, hot stone treatments, body wraps, head massages, and the Kraxen Stove.
The Stove in the Alpine Hay Chamber distributes the healing aromas from the hay in the chamber and is a perfect complement to any of the other treatments. You can chat with friends and let your body benefit from the aroma and heat.
When you bathe in the mineral waters, you are participating in a stream that is also historic. Thermae Bath Spa has a special Spas Ancient and Modern package. You get to visit the famed Roman Baths museum, have a three-course lunch in the Pump Room, and wrap up with a 2-hour spa session at Thermae Bath Spa.
You can reverse the experience and have your spa session first and visit the Roman Baths in the afternoon. You can also choose a Champagne tea between 14:30 and 16:30 instead of lunch.
Thermae Bath Spa is open daily except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year’s Day. The main bath, the New Royal Bath, is open daily from 9:00 until 21:30. The Cross Bath is open from 10:00 until 20:00.
The Springs Café & Restaurant is open from 10:00 until 21:00 and the shop is open from 10:00 until 17:30 except for Sunday when it closes at 16:00. Bath is about 50 miles or just 1 hour from Lakeside Holiday Park and the Thermae Bath Spa is within walking distance of car parks and other attractions in Bath.
Relax. Visit a little history. Be healthy and have fun.