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.
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.
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 saught good health.
The water is reputed to have healing powers, but to say it is an acquired taste is pure fantasy! There is no way anyone could acquire this taste, even if they lived two hundred years! The water is luke warm, and has a sort of 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’s supposed to have loads of minerals in it too! I can honestly say I have never been quite the same for having tasted it…….. and it was a few years ago.