Accessible Roman Baths & Pump Room Bath
90% Step-Free Access,
4 Wheelchair Accessible Lifts,
2 Wheelchair Accessible Toilets,
Accessible Pump Room Restaurant
Accessible Roman Baths in Bath
Unbelievably, given their two thousand year age, 90% of the historic Roman Baths & Pump Room in Bath are accessible!
So sit back, and let the amazing Martyn Sibley be your virtual guide as he shows you around the Roman Baths:
There are 4 lifts at the Roman Baths & Pump Room in Bath, which access all floors, and which make 90% of the Roman Baths & Pump Room accessible.
There is still a need to climb steps if you want to access all public areas though. If you are unable to climb stairs you will need to book your visit in advance by calling the Roman Baths Customer Service team (Tel. +44(0)1225 477785).
The Roman Baths have a complimentary ticket for personal assistants policy. Wheelchair using visitors pay the normal price for admission, however, your carer enters for free. To book your free carer ticket, again, contact the Roman Baths Customer Service team (Tel. +44(0)1225 477785).
There is level access from the main Abbey Church Yard entrance to most of the ground floor areas (including the 18th century Pump Room, the Sun Lounge (which overlooks the hot spring), and the outdoor Terrace (which overlooks the Great Bath).
There is level access to the main Roman Baths shop from Stall Street only though.
Access to the Great Bath and East Baths, the lower museum, the mezzanine displays, and the teaching space, is via the four accessible lifts (maximum width of the lifts is 1200mm).
A motorised scooter is available for use by visitors whose own motorised scooters exceeds this 1200mm width. This motorised scooter is not available for reservation though – and is not for general use.
A maximum of four wheelchair users can access the lower levels of the Roman Baths at any one time (for safety reasons).
Audioguides are available in 12 languages – and there is also a children’s audioguide (in English, French and German only).
British Sign Language tours are also available.
The Roman Baths themselves are below street level, meaning that some parts of the Roman Baths complex are underground (including the Roman temple courtyard). The walkway through this courtyard is quite narrow in places and can become crowded, so there is a risk of claustrophobia. Between mid-June and August your visit will be less crowded before 10.00am, or in the evening. At other times of the year, weekdays are less busy than weekends – weekday mornings are the quietest time to visit the Roman Baths & Pump House in Bath.
You can omit part of the visit if you need to though. Just ask a member of the Roman Baths staff to direct you to an alternative route.
Accessible Parking at the Roman Baths in Bath
There is no parking at all at the Bath city centre Roman Baths themselves.
There are a number of Blue Badge parking bays in various locations around Bath city centre though.
The nearest parking spaces for Blue Badge holders are on Cheap Street (BA1 1NA). These give three hours of free parking to Blue Badge holders (plenty of time to visit the Roman Baths – and also to explore the historic centre of Bath).
Getting to Roman Baths in Bath using Public Transport
Getting to the Roman Baths by Train:
The central train station in Bath is Bath Spa train station. It is then a level 10-minute walk/roll between Bath Spa train station and the Roman Baths. Dropped kerbs are available where needed.
Getting to the Roman Baths by Bus:
Accessible buses to Bath stop in Bath Bus Station (on Dorchester Street). The bus station is about 0.3 miles / 0.5 km from The Roman Baths & Pump Room.
Getting to the Roman Baths by taxi:
Abbey Taxis (tel. +441225 444444) can provide a wheelchair accessible taxi.
The nearest drop-off point to the Roman Baths is on Terrace Walk (BA1 1LN). From there, it is less than five minutes walk to the Roman Baths. Dropped kerbs are available where needed.
Accessible Entrance to the Roman Baths in Bath
There is level access from the street to the main entrance of the Roman Baths & Pump House in central Bath.
The main entrance door to the Roman Baths & Pump House is 1320mm wide.
There is level access from the main entrance to Reception and the ticket sales desk. Each of the four till points at the ticket sales desk has a lowered desk.
Accessible Toilets at the Roman Baths in Bath
There is an accessible toilet at the main entrance of the Roman Baths (left transfer – limited transfer space though). The toilet door is 890mm wide.
There is also an accessible toilet within the museum (at the west end of the Kings Bath corridor). The accessible toilet here is also left transfer – but has more transfer space (there is 1168mm transfer space to the left of the toilet). There are also baby changing facilities here. A RADAR key is needed to access this accessible toilet though (but these are available from the Roman Baths staff if required). The toilet door is 889mm wide.
There is also a full size wheelchair accessible toilet nearby (at the Victoria Art Gallery in Bridge Street).
The nearest Changing Places toilet facility is in the SouthGate Bath Shopping Centre (12 Southgate Street, Bath BA1 1AQ). A RADAR key is required to access this facility.
Accessible Cafe/Restaurant at the Roman Baths in Bath
There is level access to the very elegant Pump Room Restaurant in the historic Pump Room on the ground floor off Abbey Church Yard.
The route through the dining area is at least 800mm wide.
Table service is provided in the Pump Room Restaurant.
There is also live music performed in the Pump Room Restaurant in the Roman Baths daily, by the Pump Room Trio or pianist.
Thank you – and happy travels!
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