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“Small but interesting”
Review of Welwyn Roman Baths

Welwyn Roman Baths
Ranked #1 of 10 things to do in Welwyn
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Tunnel through time to the world of the Romans - with a visit to Welwyn Roman Baths. You can't take a hot bath any more - the boiler went out about 1,800 years ago when the Romans left! But you can see some fascinating remains which have survived from their time. Learn about how the Romans liked to relax with an elegant culture of bathing, and admire their creativity and style. The bath house remains are a scheduled ancient monument and were once part of a fine villa. The layout of the cold, warm and hot rooms and the heating system are remarkably well preserved. The baths are ingeniously preserved in a steel vault under the A1(M) motorway. You can find out how this vault was built. Also on display are archaeological finds from the Welwyn area and an exhibition devoted to the history of the site, which was uncovered during the 1960s and 70s by the Welwyn Archaeological Society. Welwyn Roman Baths are open Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays and 7 Days a week during Hertfordshire School Holidays 2-5pm PLEASE NOTE WE ARE CLOSED THROUGHOUT DECEMBER.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 31 July 2017

The Welwyn Roman Baths are situated in a small museum underneath the A1 motorway on the outskirts of Welwyn. The baths were discovered shortly before the motorway was built and it was decided to create a sort of vault under the new motorway so that they were preserved. The museum is one room with the remains of the baths in the centre with information around the outside. Entry is £3.50 per adult with children being free. There is plenty of information to explain what life would have been like in Roman times and how the baths were discovered. There are also activities for children (Roman games, colouring, dressing up). There are no toilet or food facilities on site. Well worth a visit but it won't take more than an hour to see everything here.

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed 3 July 2017

You would never know it was there. Having discovered it in the middle of the planned A1(M) construction route they built a steel vault over the top to protect it for posterity. The motorway runs 9 metres above it!!
Well laid out, masses of information on the walls and our guide was a fund of knowledge.
Originally part of a much bigger complex, which has now all disappeared, they have managed to save this small part.

Date of experience: June 2017
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Reviewed 1 July 2017

An hour well spent at the Welwyn Roman Baths. What a pleasant place to visit; definitely eye opening. Maybe its just me but to be so close to the exhibit was really exciting; I felt so part of it. The surround of the exhibit was good too with so much to read and see. There was even a video you could watch. Very educational indeed. There was also a skeleton of a woman found at the site apparently… a simple place but very very intriguing. Lots of parking available too. And entry was only £3.50 each adult. Unfortunately no cafe but there was a lovely garden outside that you could sit and perhaps bring your own picnic too (better check first though).
The lady (probably a volunteer) at the entrance was very sweet, charming and very knowledgeable. She gave us a quick brief about the bath on display. Thank you so much for that.
Frankly, the drive to get there was lovely too … its a lovely part of Hertfordshire. Well worth a pop in.
Be aware though it is only open from 2pm to 5pm on weekends only. Exceptions during school holidays.

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed 15 May 2017

We spent a great hour or two in the steps of our Roman ancestors at this historic site It's highly educational and informative and well worth a visit. Just a couple f minutes from the motorway which runs over the top.

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed 13 April 2017

This is by and far away one of the best exhibits I have ever been to. Whilst being small, they have made the most of the space they have and really made the place and time come alive. There is something for all ages. We played the roman game with the stones. I was fascinated by the herb information. The replicas of the bath tools meant we could all try them out. Loed the gladiator helmet and shield which gave a sense to all of their size and weight. This is a real gem of an attraction. Thank goodness this has been saved for future generations.

Date of experience: April 2017
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