The Roman Baths will stay open until 10pm every evening over the summer for a special season of Torchlit Summer Evenings (17 June-31 August 2017, last entry 9pm).
Due to its popularity, the run of late nights has been extended for 2017, beginning two weeks earlier than in previous years. For the first time, evening visitors in July and August will be offered reduced ticket prices: £15.50 for adults arriving after 5pm compared to £17.00 between 9am and 5pm.
Stephen Bird, Head of Heritage Services at Bath & North East Somerset Council, said: “Torchlit Summer Evenings at the Roman Baths attracted a record 40,000 visitors in 2016 and we’re pleased to be able to extend the run this year, so that even more people can enjoy the special atmosphere.
“Admission is free for Bath & North East Somerset residents with a Discovery Card, so this is a great opportunity for local people to experience one of Bath’s most famous attractions out of hours.”
The historic site takes on a magical atmosphere once the daylight fades, the crowds disappear and the flickering torches are lit. Visitors can walk around the Great Bath where people bathed nearly 2,000 years ago, explore the new displays and projections in the East Baths, see the ruins of the temple of Sulis Minerva where Roman worshippers gathered, and wander around the Roman Baths museum.
The Pump Room restaurant will be open late for dinner and drinks, with live music every evening. Last orders 9pm. Please call 01225 444477 or email email@example.com to book. The Roman Baths Kitchen offers a more informal setting with alfresco dining. Reservations can be made on 01225 477877 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Roman Baths shop will stay open every day until 10pm.
Visitors can combine a visit to the Roman Baths with a dinner package or a trip to nearby Thermae Bath Spa, where they can bathe overlooking the twinkling lights of the city as the sun goes down.
The following packages are available:
Torchlit Visit and Dinner at the Roman Baths Kitchen
A special twilight ticket including a three-course dinner at the Roman Baths Kitchen, located opposite the Roman Baths in the shadow of Bath Abbey, and a visit to the Roman Baths by torchlight is £42.50 (excluding wine).
From Romans to Georgians at The Pump Room
New for 2017, an evening of discovery and dining has been designed to take advantage of the long midsummer nights. The evening begins with a magical visit to the Roman Baths, followed by an incredible dining experience in the Georgian splendour of The Pump Room. Enjoy a summer cocktail, a glass of famous spa water and an indulgent four-course dinner while listening to live music for £50 (excluding wine).
Spas Ancient and Modern Package
Combine a visit to the Roman Baths, including a Champagne Tea or three-course lunch at the Pump Room, with an evening at Thermae Bath Spa, where you can bathe in the naturally warm, mineral-rich waters of the Minerva Bath and relax in the open-air rooftop pool with its magnificent views over the twinkling lights of the city at sunset. Spa treatments can be booked as an optional extra. Prices are £81.00 mid-week and £84.50 weekends.
All packages can be booked through Visit Bath on 0844 8475 256 or https://visitbath.digitickets.co.uk/tickets.