Roman Bath House and Wery Wall Remains

Discovered and excavated in 1973/4, the Roman bath house in Vicarage Field, Lancaster, formed one end of a large courtyard house, probably the home of a Roman official. Much of the actual bath part of the building is unfortunately hidden beneath a multi-storey car park, but you can see the base of the walls and the remains of the hypocaust system used to heat the baths.

The bath house was demolished in about 340AD to make way for a new and massive stone fort. Part of the fort wall, known as the ‘Wery Wall’, can also be seen nearby.

The visible remains are just a small part of the Roman archaeology in this area. For more information on recent excavations on Lancaster’s Castle Hill please see

The bath house site is open at all reasonable times.


Getting here

By Car

The bath house is in the Vicarage Field, with access from the footpath linking St George’s Quay to Castle Hill. If you are driving, please DO NOT try to follow satnav directions directly to the site. You will need to choose one of the nearby car parks as your destination, or use Lancaster’s Park and Ride scheme to get into the city centre from the M6.

On Foot, by Public Transport or by Bike

The bath house is withing easy walking or cycling distance from Lancaster’s bus and railway stations. It’s accessed via a mown grass path through Vicarage Field from the footpath which connects St George’s Quay to Castle Hill.


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