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Witness the Roman Baths

If you have ever visited the Roman Baths in Bath before you will know just how captivating and fascinating they are. Since much of the baths are outdoors, it pays to visit on a nice day if you can. It is certainly more appealing to sit down by the baths and visualise all the people who have been there before you in centuries gone by if you can do so in the sunshine. It is never quite the same when the rain sets in and you are scurrying for cover.

However there is a totally different experience awaiting you if you decide to visit the Roman Baths this summer. A lot of people are put off visiting during this time of year, purely because of the crowds. This is understandable, especially if you visit during the latter part of July and August when the children are off school.

Don’t forget the idea altogether though, because there could be a wonderful new experience waiting for you – if you know what time of day to go. This is because the Roman Baths are lit by torches as the sun goes down, providing a totally different and quite captivating experience for you to savour. The building stays open right up until 10pm on these days, so there will be plenty of time for you to watch the sun go down and witness the flickering candles lighting your way as you explore the baths. It is quite a sight to see and one you will never forget either.

It gives you a very different view of the baths, making the history seem to come alive in front of you. Many people have taken some quite spectacular photos of the baths as they become lit by the candles. Be sure to take your camera if you decide to pay a late night visit to the Roman Baths while you are in Bath.

There are plenty of places to stay in nearby if you want to have a couple of days in the city. There is plenty more to do as well – you can take a cruise on the river and dine in one of the many delightful eateries dotted around the city. There is no doubt that the Roman Baths will be one of the highlights of your stay in Bath, but it should not be the only one.

When you arrive it can be a good idea to find the local Tourist Information site, so you can get all kinds of information about where to go, what to do and when to do it. Look out for local events occurring while you are there as well. The torchlit evenings at the Roman Baths do not happen all year round for example – they only happen in the summer when the venue stays open late.

Whatever your reason for going to Bath might be, make sure you enjoy every minute of it as you watch the sun going down over a piece of history.

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