Hot Springs in the United Kingdom

Rebecca Hanlon
Last Updated: July 20th, 2023

let’s talk about the charming hot springs in the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom isn’t quite known because of its hot springs, mainly because there aren’t so many of them, but still, those that this country has, are pretty remarkable.

Many of the Hot Springs in United Kingdom date back to Roman times, which is apparent in their design and aesthetic. Some of them are restored and modernized, but they still have kept a bit of their authenticity.

In this article, we will look at the top hot springs in the United Kingdom as well was what they have to offer visitors.

5 of the Best Hot Springs in the United Kingdom

If you are looking for the best hot springs in the United Kingdom, you will want to check out the following:

  • Thermae Bath Spa
  • The Cross Bath
  • Stoney Middleton Bath House
  • Buxton Baths
  • Droitwich hot spring

Thermae Bath Spa

The city of Bath is known for its thermal spring spas and has gotten its name after the Roman-built baths. The Thermae Bath Spa of Bath is a famous natural thermal spa with a water temperature of 113°F. This is the water’s temperature when it rises to the surface, but then it cools down it becomes around 96°F.

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Thermae Bath Spa Via Visit Britain

Bath has three springs: the King’s Spring, the Cross Bath, and the Hetling Spring. The King’s Spring is the largest hot spring in the city of Bath that rises in the Roman Bath Museum, but unfortunately, its water isn’t considered safe for bathing. The Cross Bath Spring and the Hetling Spring are located 492 feet west of the King’s Spring.

The New Royal Bath is the main spa in the Thermae bath spa, filled with naturally warm water of 96°F. You can enjoy the Open-air Rooftop Pool filled with naturally warm water, and as a bonus, you’ll be able to enjoy the amazing view over the entire city.

You can also soak yourself in the Minerva Bath, a large thermal bath with a whirlpool that came from rainfall 10,000 years ago.

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The Cross Bath

Built-in 1789, the cross bath is considered part of the Thermae Bath Spa but it is located in a separate building.

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The Cross Bath Via Ashlyn G

The place where the Cross Bath is located was the place where in the past the Celts worshiped their goddess Sul, the site is still considered sacred to this day.

Visiting the Cross Bath will provide you with a more intimate experience. This open-air thermal bath has a circular shape, filled with mineral-rich and warm waters, with a temperature of 116°F. The pool is a bit small, and it can fit around 10 people at the same time. You can stay in the pool for 1.5 hours.

To check out the Cross Bath you will want to contact the baths in advance for availability and information. They also offer packages for events. You can read more info here.

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Stoney Middleton Bath House

Located in Stoney Middletown village, a village widely known for its challenging rock climbs, you will find the Stoney Middleton Bath House which dates back to the 19th century. The locals call this bath house the “Roman Baths” because Roman coins were found there.

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Roman Baths, Stoney Middleton, Derbyshire Via The Roaming Picture Taker

The water in this bathhouse comes from a nearby spring, and people have always believed that the water in this bathhouse might be very therapeutic and especially helpful with rheumatism. That’s because the water is rich in minerals, chloride, and sulfate. Its temperature is around 63°F.

Inside the Bathhouse are two pools with two changing rooms because one pool is for men and the other is for women. The pools are 10 feet wide, 13 feet long, and 5 feet deep and are separated by a wall.

Those looking to visit the town will find rustic cottages for rent including The Coach House and The Stables. There is also the Moon Inn for those looking for a more traditional Inn experience.

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Buxton Baths

Buxton is a spa town located in north-central England that is famous for its thermal waters. The water rises from a geothermal spring that is 0.6 miles underground. Access to the springs is found at the Buxton Crescent Health and Spa Hotel.

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Buxton Baths Via Chris Hoare

The Buxton Crescent Wellness Spa was built long ago, and the Romans used it for bathing and enjoying the water’s benefits. The spa offers a thermal pool and a biothermal sauna, with thermal water rich in magnesium and a temperature of around 80°F.

The pool is filled with thermal water from the St Ann’s Well. The water in the pool isn’t chemically treated, so you’ll get the chance to enjoy its pure benefits.

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Droitwich Hot Spring

Droitwich city is known as the spa city located on the River Salwarpe. The hot spring with the same name has a high concentration of salt, even more than there is in seawater.

the high salt waters are known to help against fatigue and soothe the muscles by simply swimming in it. You can do just that by visiting the Droitwich Spa Lido, a large swimming pool filled with water from this spring.

This location is the most popular way to experience the springs since the closure of the Brine Baths. The Brine Baths have been closed since 2009, though there are plans to reopen this location in the near future.

The water temperature is a moderate 73°F, though this still places it as the second hottest spring after the locations in the city of Bath

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Final Thoughts

The hot springs in the United Kingdom are pretty authentic, so if you’re going there, don’t miss out on soaking in one.

Even though the United Kingdom doesn’t have many hot springs, the few mentioned above are truly amazing. From modern spas like the Thermae Bath Spa to old and authentic ones like the Bathhouse in Stoney Middleton, there’s no doubt that you’ll be amazed by them.

After finishing this article, deciding which one you want to visit shouldn’t be too hard. So, visit the one that attracts you the most, and enjoy.

About The Author

Rebecca Hanlon

Rebecca has been a blogger for over 5 years, before that enjoying a number of jobs to fund her passion for travel. She’s taught English as a foreign language in 5 different countries, been a part-time Barista, a waitress, and a tour guide around some of Europe’s finest vineyards. She the one behind the social channels here at HotSprings.co whilst somehow finding the time to travel the world with her partner Will ❤

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