Roman Bath House Museum, York
Roman Bath House Museum (and pub!)
In 1930 renovations to a tavern on St Sampson's, York, revealed the remains of a caldarium, or steam bath, from the Roman city of Eboracum. The caldarium, and a neighbouring plunge bath, have been excavated, and visitors can now see the place where Roman soldiers and citizens came to find relaxation.
The small museum is below ground, accessed through the Roman Bath pub, and shows remains of the baths with Roman artefacts and replica articles of everyday life. There are fascinating - and often humourous - facts and figures about Roman life in York scattered about the museum on placards, and visitors can view armour, weapons, and Roman tiles up close.
You can see tiles found on the site, some of which clearly show the impact of nails from the sandals of Romans who trod upon them before the tile had hardened after being made. (See below for a photo). Some tiles appear to show the seal of the 9th Roman legion, who founded the city of Eboracum in 71 AD.

Roman armour
Roman mail armour and clothing
Replica Roman artefacts
Display of replica Roman artefacts in the main chamber of the baths.
Roman weapons and shield
A Roman replica shield and weapons
Roman sandals
Replica Roman sandals
Roman helmet
Replica Roman helmet
Roman tiles
Remains of tiles found in the baths. You can clearly see the marks made by nailed sandals by a Roman who stepped upon the tile before it had hardened sufficiently.

About Roman Bath House Museum
Address: St Sampsons Square, York, Yorkshire, England, YO1 8RN
Attraction Type: Roman Site
Location: off Church Street, a few blocks south of York Minster
Phone: 01904 620455
Location map
OS: SE606525
Photo Credit: David Ross


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