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As a resident of Bath and North East Somerset, you are entitled to free entry to the Roman Baths and Fashion Museum, every day, all the year round.  The two museums are open daily throughout the year, except 25 and 26 December. You simply need to show your Discovery Card to receive free entry.  The Victoria Art Gallery, also run by Bath and North East Somerset Council, is free to everyone to the first floor gallery.  A charge is made for temporary exhibitions in the ground floor gallery.

During July and August, the Roman Baths are open until 10pm (last admission 9pm). As darkness falls, the ruins of this vast Roman building are an awesome sight. By the light of flickering torches, you can walk on 2000 year old pavements beside the steaming pool. Avoid the daytime crowds and soak up this magical atmosphere at your leisure, an unforgettable and unique experience.

The Resident's Discovery Card makes it simple and easy for local residents to visit their Council-run museums free of charge.  It is available at no cost to you and can be used as proof of residency at the two museums.  The Discovery Card is available from the Roman Baths main entrance hall, Council Connect One Stop Shop, 1-3 Manvers Street, Riverside in Keynsham and The Hollies in Midsomer Norton and is valid for three years.  After this time you can renew the card for another three years at any of the three locations.

Your Resident's Discovery Card is also recognised in a range of independent heritage attractions in the Bath & North East Somerset area that provide discounted or free entry to local residents.  Where else can you use your card?  A wide range of attractions and organisations are participating, click the link on the left (Discovery Card: Where you can use it).

New applications and renewals: you can download the application form here, if you have a program on your computer that will display rich text format (.rtf), such as MS Word. To download click on the link to the right under "Documents".  You must apply in person, as your photograph will be taken for the card and it takes only a few minutes to issue a card.

When renewing, please bring with you proof that you are still living in Bath & North East Somerset, eg a recent Council Tax bill.  You can renew at either the Roman Baths in Bath, Council Connect One Stop Shop, 1-3 Manvers Street in Bath, The Hollies in Midsomer Norton or Riverside, Temple Street in Keynsham.

University of Bath Students are able to visit the Roman Baths and Fashion Museum free of charge by showing their University Student Card, without applying for a Resident's Discovery Card.

Recycling Centre Resident's Permits.  You need a FREE electronic Resident's Permit to use any of the three Recycling Centres in Bath & North East Somerset. You can register for a Recycling Centre Residents Permit which will last for three years, or show your Resident's Discovery Card on site.  For further information click on  Unfortunately due to the sheer volume of visitors, the Roman Baths site is unable to issue Recycling Permits.

Get a form in the Mail

To receive a full descriptive leaflet please send an A5 stamped addressed envelope to:

Discovery Card
Pump Room
Stall Street
Bath BA1 1LZ

The leaflet includes an application form and information about the card.  Remember, you must appear in person either at the Roman Baths, Council Connect One Stop Shop, Riverside or The Hollies with the form and the required ID and proof of residency to apply, since a photo of you will be printed on your card.

If you are not a resident of Bath & North East Somerset, you can apply for a Three Year Season Ticket, which has virtually the same benefits as the Resident's Discovery Card.  See the link for further information:

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Roman Baths: open daily
January and February: Saturday: 9.30am - 6.00pm (last admission 5.00pm), Sunday-Friday: 9.30am - 5.30 (last admission 4.30pm)
March to June: 9am - 6pm (last admission 5pm)
July and August: 9am - 10pm (last admission 9pm)
September and October: 9am - 6pm (last admission 5pm)
November and December: Saturday: 9.30am - 6.00pm (last admission 5.00pm), Sunday-Friday: 9.30am - 5.30 (last admission 4.30pm)

Manvers Street Council Connect and Keynsham Riverside:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Wednesday: 9.30am - 5pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Closed Saturday & Sunday

The Hollies, Midsomer Norton

Monday: 8.30am - 5pm
Tuesday: 9.30am - 5pm
Wednesday and Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Closed Saturday & Sunday


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