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If you are 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 the first floor permanent collection and temporary exhibitions in the lower 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.
Issue of Discovery Cards at the Roman Baths occasionally ends at 4.30pm to accommodate evening events.
The Resident's Discovery Card makes it easy for local residents to visit their Council-run museums free of charge. It is available at no cost to adults age 17+ and children age 14+ (under 14s go free with an adult cardholder) and is valid for three years, from any of the following locations (click on links for opening hours):
Bath One Stop Shop, 3-4 Manvers Street, Bath, BA1 1JQ
Fashion Museum, Bennett Street, Bath, BA1 2QH
The Roman Baths main entrance hall, Abbey Churchyard, Bath, BA1 1LZ
Victoria Art Gallery, Bridge Street, Bath, BA2 4AT
Keynsham Library & Information Service, Civic Centre, Market Walk, Keynsham, BS31 1FS
Midsomer Norton Library & Information Service, The Hollies, High Street, Midsomer Norton, BA3 2DP
The Roman Baths is extremely busy during school holidays and Bank Holidays and there is likely to be a significant wait until your application for a Discovery Card can be processed. During these times, it may be preferable to go to the One Stop Shop in Manvers Street (open Monday-Friday), Fashion Museum or Victoria Art Gallery (open daily).
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) for full details, or the PDF link on the right for a shortened "at a glance" version.
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New applications and renewals: you can download the application form here by clicking 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. Please bring proof of residence - a recent Council Tax or utility bill, bank/mobile phone statement, Bath & North East Somerset Diamond Travelcard (the Travelcard will be accepted for proof of ID also). A photocard driving licence will not be accepted as proof of residence; and proof of ID - Passport, photocard driving licence, credit card.
When renewing, please go to either Bath One Stop Shop, 3-4 Manvers Street or the Roman Baths in Bath, The Hollies One Stop Shop in Midsomer Norton or Keynsham One Stop Shop. Please bring with you proof that you are still living in Bath & North East Somerset, eg a recent Council Tax bill. Your card will then be extended for another three years. If you are not able to renew in person, you can renew by post by filling in the renewal form and sending with copies of your proof of residence and a stamped addressed envelope to Discovery Card, Pump Room, Stall Street, Bath, BA1 1LZ. Your renewed card will be sent to you within 14 days.
Discovery Cards Issued to Children: Children age 14 and under are not issued with a Discovery Card as they can gain entry to the museums on an adult card. Children age 14 and above can apply for a Discovery Card with proof of residence, which can be an official document showing the child's name and address - building society statement, Dr or hospital letter, and for proof of ID a passport or something similar showing the child's photograph.
Lost cards can be replaced by visiting the Roman Baths or any of the One Stop Shops. A £2 charge will be made for this service.
Bath University and Bath Spa University Students are able to visit the Roman Baths, Fashion Museum and Victoria Art Gallery free of charge by showing their University Student Card, without applying for a Resident's Discovery Card. www.facebook.com/bathleaplist
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To receive a full descriptive leaflet please send an A5 stamped addressed envelope to:
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, Fashion Museum, Victoria Art Gallery, One Stop Shops at Manvers Street in Bath, Civic Centre in Keynsham or The Hollies in Midsomer Norton with the form and the required ID and proof of residency to apply, since a photo of you will be printed on your card.
This page is maintained by Heritage Services, Discovery_Card@bathnes.gov.uk
Roman Baths: open daily except 25 & 26 December
January and February: 9.30am - 6.00pm (last entry 5pm)
March to 18 April: 9am-6pm (last entry 5pm)
19-22 April: 9am - 8pm (last entry 7pm)
23 April - 20 June: 9am - 6pm (last entry 5pm)
21 June to 31 August: 9am - 10pm (last entry 9pm)
September and October: 9am - 6pm (last entry 5pm)
November and December: 9.30am - 6pm (last entry 5pm)
Fashion Museum: open daily
January and February: 10.30am - 5pm (last entry 4pm)
March to October: 10.30am - 6pm (last entry 5pm)
November and December: 10.30am - 5pm (last entry 4pm)
Victoria Art Gallery: open daily
10.30am - 5pm
Closed 25 & 26 December and 1 January