Bath was founded upon natural hot springs with the steaming water playing a key role throughout its history. Lying in the heart of the City, The Roman Baths were constructed around 70 AD as a grand bathing and socializing complex. It is now one of the best preserved Roman remains in the world. Monika Kudaseva, 23, from Newport (originally from Lithuania) recently met one of the colorful costumed characters at The Roman Baths at Bath as part of the living history scheme. Flavia the Roman lady, is one of the characters that are based on real people who lived and worked at Aquae Sulis 2,000 years ago.
Monika said: ‘The site is full of historic atmosphere and it is very interesting and informative. I loved the opportunity to learn more about this history of the United Kingdom and the rich heritage of the different cultures.’ The Roman Baths is one of the finest historic sites in 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 complex is a site of historical interest in the City of Bath. The house is a well-preserved Roman site for public bathing.
The Natural Theatre Company is resident at The Roman Baths Museum in the centre of the beautiful city of Bath. They populate the famous Great Bath with Roman Characters, each of whom has a detailed back story and full understanding of life in Roman Britain. They bring the visitors into the time zone of the characters and engage with them with their usual energy and detailed costume. While they treat history as serious subject they ensure the characters have a great sense of humour.
The Roman Baths themselves are below the modern street level. There are four main features: the Sacred Spring, the Roman Temple, the Roman Bath House and the Museum holding finds from Roman Bath. The buildings above street level date from the 19th century. The Roman Baths attracts around one million visitors a year – making it one of the most visited heritage attractions in the United Kingdom.