History Situated at the heart and pulse of the wonderful city of Bath, the Roman Baths are quite justifiably considered by many as among the most important historic buildings in the South West. Since the site's original foundation over a naturally-occurring hot spring, supposedly by the Celtic King Bladud in 836 BC, the Baths themselves have undergone a number of transformations. The Imperial invasion of 43AD led to a fairly rapid military expansion across southern Britain. The original Roman Baths (parts of which have survived until the present day) are believed to have been constructed gradually over the period between 70 - 370AD. Many elements of the Roman bathing complex were destroyed in the 6th century, and several subsequent bath systems were successively rebuilt and demolished over the original site until the 19th century. The original Roman Baths were rediscovered and excavated in the 18th century, but the galleried buildings now housing the complex (above street level) with which we are familiar today were constructed in the late 19th century. Today the Roman Baths Museum and the associated late 18th-century Pump Room regularly attract in excess of 1 million visitors every year, and also play host to some of the most magical weddings and other social events in the country!