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New Addition to the Roman Baths!

22 October 2021 Bath

The Roman Gym, a newly revealed section of the Roman Baths, one of the most visited heritage attractions in the UK, will open on Friday 22 October 2021.

Never seen before by the public, this fabulous new area will include a Roman Gym and a Laconicum (a type of sauna), which will be brought to life by exciting projections and interpretation. The Roman Gym is located next to the Great Bath and will be included in the cost of the general admission ticket.

In the Roman Gym visitors will be able to:

  • Learn how Romans kept fit and healthy.
  • Explore the ancient exercise yard where Romans would have worked out and learn about their fitness routines.
  • Visit the remains of the Laconicum (a Roman sauna or steam room), a circular room which would have been warmed by underfloor heating. Ten minutes in here would have been enough!
  • Walk through the remains of one of the most complete Roman doorways in Britain.
  • See projections of Romans and the exercises they would have done in the gym, including Trigon (a Roman ball game), Halteres (a type of dumb-bell used in the Roman’s version of the long-jump), wrestling and weightlifting.
  • Learn about Roman medicine. Roman doctors practiced in Aquae Sulis, the Roman town of Bath. Roman medicine was centred around the belief that there were four humours in the body and to be healthy you needed a proper balance between them. If there was an imbalance, then solutions included herbal remedies or letting of bad blood. For some conditions, surgery was needed and some of the implements found in a Roman surgeon’s bag were very similar to instruments still in use today.

Stephen Clews, Roman Baths & Pump Room Manager, added: “This is a significant addition to what you can see at the Roman Baths, telling the story of an important activity in larger bath houses like the one here in Bath. Romans died at earlier ages than we are used to today, so they were very conscious of the importance of keeping fit and healthy even if, like people today, they didn’t always achieve it.”

For more information about this exciting new addition, please visit Roman Baths, Bath – Welcome to the Roman Baths

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