Bearsden Bath House
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The fort itself has long ago disappeared under urban housing, but earlier excavations suggest that it was attached to the rear of the Antonine Wall, measured 112 metres x 100 metres and enclosed an area of 2.77 acres.
On the east side of the fort was an annexe, defended by multiple ditches. It is from the ruins of this annexe that the bathhouse and latrine have survived. The bathhouse was composed of seven rooms, including a changing room, a cold room, cold bath, two steam rooms, a hot steam room, a hot bath, and a hot dry room.
Together they form one of the best-preserved Roman structures on the Wall. Excavations at Bearsden uncovered a gaming board and the carved head of a goddess figurine. Another find was a stone inscribed by the soldiers of the 20th Legion, presumably the men who built the fort or were later garrisoned here.
Bearsden was one of 16 Roman forts along the course of the Antonine Wall.
Access is straightforward. The fort is located on Roman Road, close to the centre of Bearsden, in the north-western suburbs of Glasgow. It is signposted from Bearsden Cross on the A810.
About Bearsden Bath House
Address: Roman Road, Antonine Wall, Bearsden, Strathclyde, Scotland
Attraction Type: Roman Site
Location: On Roman Road, Bearsden, in suburban Glasgow. Signposted from Bearsden Cross on the A810. Approximately 600 metres down Roman Road.
Website: Bearsden Bath House
Photo Credit: Lairich Rig, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
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