What I Did For My Birthday 2019 | Roman Bath's, The Pump Room, Thermae Spa

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visit bath the pump room

Another year, and by the grace of God, another birthday. How lucky am i ?

This year has been a complete world wind - but believe it or not, this is actually the second birthday that i have spent in England, although i only officially moved over here May 1st, 2018.

I was so lucky to be invited to spend my birthday visiting some of Bath’s best hot spots ( quite literally ) - and our day started off by visiting The Pump Room.

The Pump Room Restaurant in Bath is one of the city’s most elegant places to enjoy stylish, modern-British cuisine. It is open daily for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea.

Not only did we get to have some amazing food - but we got to listen to the Pump Room Trio serenade the room !

The Pump Room Trio or pianist plays every day to add to your enjoyment while having coffee, lunch or afternoon tea in the Pump Room. The members of the Pump Room Trio are – Violin: Matthew Everett, Cello: Tim Gilbert, Piano: Derek Stuart-Clark.

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nicole fiona serrao the pump room restaurant bath

After our bellies were full - we then headed through The Roman Bath’s. Although Paul and I have both been here before ( we visited it together when i came to England the first time ) - it was so nice to visit again.

If i am being completely honest, it can be quite overwhelming the amount of information that there is to take in at The Roman Baths. I find that every time i visit, there is something new that i learn about that particular time period.

The Roman Baths is one of the finest historic sites in Northern Europe, and one of the most popular tourist attractions in the UK. It is run by the Heritage Services section of Bath & North East Somerset Council.

The Roman Baths, at the heart of the City of Bath World Heritage Site, consists of the remarkably preserved remains of one of the greatest religious spas of the ancient world. The city’s unique thermal springs rise in the site and the Baths still flow with natural hot water.

The Roman Baths attracts over one million visitors a year – making it one of the most visited heritage attractions in the United Kingdom.

In 2011 the Roman Baths completed a £5.5 million redevelopment to bring the best of modern interpretation to the site, transform its accessibility and preserve it for the next 100 years. This is the first phase of an on-going programme of development that will take place over the next seven years.
— https://www.romanbaths.co.uk/about
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After we went through and took in as much as we could at The Roman Bath’s it was time for us to go take a bath ourselves - well… more of a swim then a Bath. Just a short distance away, we headed over to the Thermae Bath Spa, this is where we were able to go on the roof top, and experience just what all this hot spring was about.

If you are someone who likes to stay indoors, you can experience the warm bath indoors as well !

For this particular visit we opted out of having any treatments, as well as opted out of visiting the cafe ( our bellies were just still so full ), although we are keeping both of these perks in mind for our next visit.

The natural thermal springs in Bath were first discovered by Prince Bladud around 863BC, who was cured from his skin disease after bathing in the waters. The waters were then enjoyed by the Celts, Romans, Saxons and Georgians and are the constant thread throughout the history of Bath.

The water fell as rain around 10,000 years ago and then sank to a depth of about 2km. Here it is heated by high temperature rocks before rising back up through one of the three hot springs in the centre of the City, the Cross Spring, Hetling or King’s Spring, which supplies the Roman Baths.

The actual source of the waters remains a mystery. It was believed that the source was in the Mendip Hills 30 miles to the south of Bath but more recent findings suggest that the rainwater enters through the carboniferous limestone closer to the City and the Avon Valley.

The thermal waters contain over 42 different minerals, the most concentrated being sulphate, calcium & chloride.

Bath has a long association with well-being and the word SPA is associated with the Latin phrase ‘Salus Per Aquam’ or ‘health through water’.

Until the restoration of the Spa was completed in 2006, this natural resource went down the drain and ended up in the river Avon. Today, over 1 million litres of this mineral-rich water flow from the springs each day and are fully used in Thermae Bath Spa.

The thermal water in all four baths at Thermae is the optimum bathing temperature of approximately 33.5°C (92°F).

The water contains over 42 minerals and trace elements. The most concentrated minerals contained within Bath’s Hot Springs are as follows:

Mineral Expressed as Concentration (Hetling Spring)

Sulphate Mg/l 1015
Calcium Mg/l 358
Chloride Mg/l 340
Sodium Mg/l 195
Bicarbonate Mg/l 193
Magnesium Mg/l 57
Silica Mg/l 21
Iron Mg/l 0.5
— https://www.thermaebathspa.com/the-spa/natural-thermal-waters/
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the roman baths bath uk

Have you visited The Roman Bath’s before ? If so, what was your favourite part ? We cannot wait to go back !