The Roman Baths - Summer Evening Preview

Last Tuesday evening Scott and I visited the world renowned Roman Baths, "one of the finest historic sites in Northern Europe."

Ahead of the Roman Bath's Torchlit Summer Evenings, which will be taking place throughout this month and next, I was invited along to their summer evening preview event last week. Joining just a small gathering of other camera clad bloggers, we were granted the opportunity to photograph the magnificent bath house by torch light. Luckily for us, there was no need to queue behind large tour groups or school parties on this occasion. The bath house was ours for one night only, so I was keen to make the most of the stillness and peace we had...

Before making our way down to the waters, I stopped in front of the spectacular Victorian statues who line the terrace...

Dating back to 1894, the statues "were carved in advance of the grand opening of the Roman Baths in 1897."

These historic giants seem to project a real sense of power and mystery. I could almost imagine them stepping off of their pedestals and marching off into the city centre!

Luckily, they remained fixed in their poses, so I could snap away with my camera!

We soon made our way below the ground level to the famous 'Great Bath.' A chilled glass of white wine for my partner in crime...

... followed by a refreshing sparkling apple juice for me.

Being surrounded by so much history certainly makes you feel like you're stepping back in time. Especially when you are greeted by the Romans! We stumbled across a Roman lady and her slave...

... and these two costumed characters - a Celtic stonemason and a Roman soldier!

The 'Great Bath' "is filled with hot spa water" and it's amazing to see the steam billow across the surface of the reflective waters.

As the light began to fade, the torches were lit.

We marvelled at the statues looking down on us from above...

... and the reflective waters below...

Walking around the 2,000 year old Roman Baths certainly makes for a spine tingling experience, but even more so if you visit by torch light. I would highly recommend visiting during their #RomanSummer. For more information, please visit their website.