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Welwyn
Roman baths

About the Welwyn Roman baths

Most archaeological finds happen by accident, usually as the result of a construction project. So was the case with the Welwyn Roman baths. While the baths were being excavated, it became apparent that that the A1 - then under constructon - was going to run right through the site. It became a race against time to complete the excavation before the road was due to be started at the site of the remains. An agreement was reached that meant the Roman baths at Welwyn could become something unique. It is probably the only Roman site that is completely encased underground, and under a motorway too.

The baths were originally built sometime around the early part of the third century AD and remained in use for about 150 years. The baths are basically simple in design and all the rooms, the hot and cold rooms and baths along with the furnace and heating system are clearly displayed. It is possible to walk around the baths and look down from the gantry and follow the path the Romans would have taken through the process of bathing. Also on show are finds from the site and surrounding areas as well as panels explaining the bathing ritual and subjects relating to the site.


Useful information
Languages spoken

Spoken
Print

English

Yes
Yes

French

Yes
Yes

German

Yes

Polish

Yes

Facilities

Miscellaneous
  • Free parking provided
  • Wheelchair access

  • Gift shop in the site
  • Coach parties welcome
Opening times

Sat, Sun and Bank Holidays 2-5pm and open in Hertfordshire School Holidays from 2-5pm everyday.
2.00pm - 5.00pm
Closing time is earlier if dusk is before the standard closing time

Admission prices (Single)

January - November
Adult
Child
Concessions

£ 1.00
Free
Free
Admission prices (Group)
All groups
Minimum 10 in a group
January - November
£ 1.00 per person

School groups - For every 10 children,
1 adult is admitted free. Min charge £ 25.
A charge is made for visits outside normal business hours and when additional staff have to be employed.

Contact Details

Location of site:
Welwyn Roman Baths
Welwyn By-Pass
Welwyn
Hertfordshire

Please note:
This is not a postal address

Contact address
Welwyn Hatfield Museum Service
Mill Green Museum and Mill
Mill Green
Hatfield
AL9 5PD


Tel : 01707 357850

Website : www.welhat.gov.uk/romanbaths

My thanks to Welwyn Hatfield Museum Service for their help in constructing this page
All photographs used © Welwyn Hatfield Museum Service
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