As the city of Eboracum, York was one of the most important settlements in Roman Britain. In the city centre, you will find the Roman Bath public house whose cellar is home to one of the city’s oldest attractions, the 2,000-year-old Roman Bathhouse.
York’s Hidden Secret
Step underground to see the remains of Roman York or Eboracum as it was then known. Descend 5 metres below the bar and into the world of legionaries. Excavated in 1930 while digging a new cellar. A modern steel walkway suspended above the ancient remains now takes visitors through the Tepidarium (warm room) Caldarium (hot steam room) and Frigidarium (cold plunge room) before returning to the modern world and perhaps a drink at the bar.
Bathing in Roman Times
Bathing played a major part in ancient Roman culture and society. It was one of the most common daily activities and was practised across a wide variety of social classes. Private baths were very uncommon, and most people bathed in communal baths.
View the tepidarium (warm room), then see the caldarium (hot room) similar to a modern-day steam room, before finally viewing the frigidarium (cold room). The caldarium, heated by a brazier underneath the hollow floor, contained cold-water basins which the bather could use for cooling. After taking this series of baths, the Roman bathers returned to the cooler tepidarium for a massage with oils and final scraping with metal implements called strigils.
York Roman Bath Museum is one of the many attractions fantastic attractions in and around the city of York included with York Pass.
What’s On Offer?
In addition to the baths, York Roman Bath Museum also provides an insight into Roman History, artefacts and a dressing up room for children (and adults too if they also wish to partake in the fun).
Take a Step Back in Time…
71AD The ninth legion of the Roman army set up camp where the city now lies and York is born. They name it Eboracum which means “place where the yew tree grows”.
306AD Constantine the great is proclaimed in the city he goes on to convert to Christianity and decides to celebrate the birth of Christ.
410AD Roman rule ends.
866AD Viking armies take over the city of York and most of the Country.
1066 3 weeks prior to the famous battle of Hastings the 1st clash of the year is fought in Fulford near York.
1349 York is impacted by the Black Death.
1644 York is held under siege for 3 months by Cromwells men until they defeat Charles I royalist troops at Marston Moor.
1837 York gets its first drainage system since the Romans left.
1929 The Roman bathhouse is discovered
1942 York suffered at the hands of a German bombing raid.
2003 The Ecoracum legion bathhouse opens as one of York’s oldest attractions.
Travelling to York Roman Bath Museum
York City centre is encompassed by its ancient walls and is accessible on foot. The museum is located in the centre of the town, in the cellar of The Roman Bath Public House.
Travelling by Train
York Roman Bath Museum is only a 10-minute walk from York Railway Station. York Railway Station has great links to major cities across the UK. See the Raileasy website for details.
Travelling by Coach
Visit National Holidays if you want to travel by coach to York.
If you prefer self-catering, check out some of the lovely places to stay on the outskirts of the City of York on Snaptrip.
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