Embracing the city's treasured spa history, The Gainsborough Bath Spa has put a modern spin on a long-forgotten tale. According to ancient legend, Bath was established in 863 B.C. by Prince Bladud, father of Shakespeare's King Lear. Afflicted by leprosy, the prince was banished from his kingdom and forced to live in exile. Looking to soothe his inflamed skin, he bathed in the area's surrounding muddy springs, miraculously curing himself of all afflictions. Returning to court joyful and entirely healed, the prince founded Bath around the springs as a token of his gratitude.
In 43 AD, the Romans constructed a grand collection of buildings surrounding the springs which were worshipped by the residing Celts. Forming a temple dedicated to the Goddess Minerva, they erected a social complex, including a gymnasium, wine bar, massage area and gaming palace. At the heart of these social houses sat the Roman thermal waters.
Reviving the ancient practise of social bathing, The Gainsborough Bath Spa offers a one hour 'Bath Circuit' for guests who book any spa treatment at Spa Village Bath. A ritualised tour of the thermal baths, saunas, steam room, ice chamber and elegant relaxation rooms, visitors will embark on a bathing journey reminiscent of ancient Rome.