Bath celebrates a famous heritage, with Roman Settlers reaching the city in 60AD. An official World Heritage site, Bath is home to some of the most beautiful buildings in the UK. The Roman Baths Museum is the first port of call for historical sightseers, with its wide variety of exhibitions that allow you step back in time and see how the spa town developed.
With the recent installment of 2 DDA compliant lifts, The Roman Baths are now 90% accessible, which is excellent news. The baths are 6 meters below street level, so unfortunately there are some steps to navigate, but there are still lots to see if you are restricted with your mobility.
The Roman Baths contain over 1.3 m litres of water, but don’t worry, you will not fall in. Safety handrails have been erected all around the buildings, to reassure visitors and support those with limited mobility.
The terrace of the baths is a great place to start your tour, as it is on street level. The entrance is very impressive and you can see why people came from all of the country to visit the first leisure center of its kind. The Great Bath, Temple Courtyard and the museum are below street level, but have some lift access. The Great Bath can be uneven in places, which is what you would expect for a building erected over 2000 years ago, so do take care.
A new lift allows more access than ever before, gaining access to the museum, where you can learn all about the history of the baths and view artefacts, such as the17000 coins that have been collected in the baths, throughout its history. The Scared Spring in the Temple courtyard is said to be the portal between the divine and human world and is a very inspiring piece of architecture.
To help you get about, there are handheld DSL video guides, enhanced audio guides for visually impaired and braille guides, that offer all the information you need to get the best out of your visit. There are also accessible toilet facilities at street level and places to grab drinks and snacks. The magnificent 18th century Pump Room is an impressive dining space, which now has street level access. The Pump Room is the perfect space where you can meet up in a relaxed way, or unwind with a spot of afternoon tea at the end of your visit.
Disabled visitors pay the usual entrance fees, with carers getting free access. For more detailed information on accessibility at The Roman Baths, visit http://www.romanbaths.co.uk/accessibility.