roman bathsPopular Bath attraction, The Roman Baths and Pump Room, has been named as a finalist in the 2015 VisitEngland Awards for Excellence in the Large Visitor Attraction category.

The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on 11th May at the Sage, Gateshead.

All finalists will receive either a gold, silver, bronze or highly commended award.

James Berresford, chief executive of VisitEngland said: “… all the finalists should be incredibly proud that they’ve been short-listed against such tough competition. I’d like to congratulate all the finalists who now represent the top five in their category in England and wish them all the very best of luck on Awards night…”

History

A shrine was first built at the site of the Roman Baths by the Celts, who dedicated it to the goddess Sulis. The name Sulis continued to be used after the Roman invasion, leading to the town’s Roman name of Aquae Sulis (“the waters of Sulis”). A temple was constructed in 60-70 AD and a bathing complex was gradually built up over the next 300 years.

The Pump Room is a Grade I listed building and dates back to 1789. It is situated next to the Roman Baths and visitors can sample the waters from the warm spring which fills the Baths. There is also a restaurant, where visitors can sample a traditional afternoon tea.