York Break: When in the ancient city of York – Bath!

roman bath in York
roman bath in York

   

I love the intimacy of the Roman bath in York.  The bath is situated under the Roman Bath pub, St Sampson’s Square, York.  At one time you could look through a piece of glass in the floor or wall in the pub and see the partly excavated bath in the cellar.   

roman-bath-tiles-york

roman-bath-tiles-york

Now, the bath has been excavated more and a small museum has sprung up around it.  It’s an interesting little place, and was used for Roman soldiers to give themselves a good scraping  down after few miles on the dusty  Roman roads.  

mosiac-roman-bath-york

mosiac-roman-bath-york

My favorite bath though is ‘Aquae Sulis’, the Roman bath in the city of  Bath.   This bath is everything you would imagine  a Roman bath to be.  The bath was dedicated to the Goddess Aqua Sulis after the Goddess Sul. This bath is everything you would imagine a Roman bath to be. The bath was dedicated to the Goddess Aqua Sulis after the Goddess Sul.   In the nearby and famous Pump Rooms one can ‘take the waters’ like all those Posh Georgian people and others who sought good health. The water is reputed to have healing powers, but to say that it is an acquired taste is just fantasy!  There is no way anyone could ‘aquire’ this taste, even if they lived two hundred years!  The water is luke warm and has a sheep like smell to it, or wet dogs: the taste being like nothing you could easily imagine, though perhaps Roman toe nail clippings and rotting emperors may come near, if you have imagination enough.   And it has lots of minerals in it too.  I can honestly say that I have never been quite the same for having tasted it….and it was a few years ago.  

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