The Saltersgate Inn
The Blacksmith’s Arms
An excellent location to enjoy good food,ale and live music, plus a Roman
Bathhouse in the basement! One of the City's oldest attractions, step
underground to see the remains of Roman York or Eboracum as it was then known.
Discover what life was like for the soldiers who lived and worked here and why a
visit to the Baths was so important!
n 1930 renovations to a tavern on St Sampson's Square in York, revealed the remains of a caldarium, or steam bath, from the Roman city of Eboracum. The Caldarium, and a neighbouring plunge bath, have been excavated, and visitors can now see the place where Roman soldiers and citizens came to find relaxation.
The small museum is below ground, accessed through the Roman Bath pub, and shows remains of the baths with Roman artefacts and replica articles of everyday life. There are fascinating - and often humorous - facts and figures about Roman life in York scattered about the museum on placards, and visitors can view armour, weapons, and Roman tiles up close.
You can view tiles found on the site, some of which clearly show the signs of nails from the sandals of Romans who had trodden upon them before the tile had hardened after being made. Tiles appear to show the seal of the 9th Roman legion, who founded the city of Eboracum in 71 AD.