Free access for Saltford residents to the Roman Baths, Victoria Art Gallery & more with a B&NES Discovery Card - Saltford Parish Council

Families are invited to enjoy a fun-packed day out at the Roman Baths and Victoria Art Gallery this May half-term. Best thing – entry is FREE for Saltford residents if you have a B&NES Discovery Card (e.g. saving £73 for a ticket to the Roman Baths if bought by a family of 2 adults and 2 children).

The Discovery Card gives Saltford residents (and all residents of Bath and North East Somerset) free access to Council owned Heritage Sites, including the Roman Baths, Parade Gardens and Victoria Art Gallery (book your free site visits at https://beta.bathnes.gov.uk/book-free-heritage-visits), as well discounts with participating local attractions and businesses; a full list of partners can be found here. So it’s well worth having! Residents who have cards dating from before 2022 will need to update their Discovery Cards to continue receiving their benefits.

Residents can order their cards online, and have the choice of ordering an e-card or physical card (made from recycled plastic). For more information visit www.bathnes.gov.uk/discoverycard For residents who are unable to book online, they can apply by calling Council Connect (01225 39 40 41) or applying in person at one of the council’s collection locations.

The following information has been shared by B&NES Council ahead of the upcoming half-term holidays:

The Roman Baths

Come face to face with characters from the past and discover the treasures of the Roman Baths this May half-term.  

  • Meet the Romans: Chat with costumed characters around the Great Bath and discover what life was like for the people of Aquae Sulis.
  • Take part in fun trails around the Baths: Collect an activity trail on arrival and explore the Roman Baths, finding friendly faces along the way!
  • Don’t miss the children’s audio guide: Fire imaginations with stories of Roman life narrated by former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen.
  • Pick up the new children’s activity book: Encourage your little one’s love of history with this fun book, jam-packed with fun facts, stickers and activities. Order for collection with your tickets, or buy in the gift shop for £5. 
  • Make a Roman writing tablet: Join us in the education room to make a Roman writing tablet from Plasticine and card. Monday 27 to Friday 31 May, 10.30am to 2pm. Included in Roman Baths admission.

New guided tours of the Roman Baths

The Roman Baths has launched new guided tours, designed to give visitors a greater understanding of the site’s rich history and significance.

The one-hour tours delve into the Roman bathing experience, taking visitors around the famous Great Bath, exploring the suite of Roman bathing rooms in the East Baths, and visiting the Sacred Spring where naturally hot water has bubbled up from under the ground for thousands of years.

During the tours, there’s a chance to see historic photos and illustrations of the Roman Baths, and handle replica bathing equipment – including a strigil, which Roman bathers used to scrape and clean their skin. The tours also touch on aspects of pre-Roman and post-Roman history.

Guided tours start from the Great Bath each day at 10am, 11am, 2pm and 3pm, and cost £5 per person in addition to Roman Baths admission (free for children under six).

Tours can be booked along with Roman Baths tickets at romanbaths.co.uk, or at the ticket desk on arrival, subject to availability.

Victoria Art Gallery

Discover the sights and sounds of Toulouse-Lautrec’s Paris in the dazzling new exhibition, and enjoy family trails, dressing up and crafts.

  • Follow a family exhibition trail: Pick up a fun kids’ trail and explore the colourful world of Toulouse-Lautrec and the Masters of Montmartre. There’s a choice of two printed exhibition trails, plus a family trail on the Bloomberg Connects app. There’s also an in-person lunchtime tour each Thursday at 1.30-2pm (free with exhibition ticket).
  • Dress up Parisian style: Try on an outfit from our Toulouse-Lautrec inspired dressing-up box – will you choose a feather boa, a cloak or a top hat?
  • Make a pattern cat: Create a cat inspired by Steinlen’s iconic Tournee du Chat Noir poster, which is currently on display in the exhibition. Tuesday 28 to Friday 31 May, 10.30am to 2pm. Free activity, no need to book. The exhibition is ticketed.

Tickets for the Roman Baths and the Toulouse-Lautrec and the Masters of Montmartre exhibition can be booked at romanbaths.co.uk / victoriagal.org.uk.

Roman Baths, with Bath Abbey behind, image taken in February 2024. To find out more about Roman Saltford, visit SPC’s ‘History of Saltford‘ page.

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