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Espace Muséal des Bains de la Reine

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rhys h wrote a review Sep. 2019
Fishguard, United Kingdom56 contributions44 helpful votes
A really interesting use for the former Renault garage, spot the former inspection pit. A very interesting history of what is a suprisingly historic little town. A very well put together historical presentation with decent A/V. Well worth a visit before walking the town spotting medieval features
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Date of experience: September 2019
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GerMar60 wrote a review Jun. 2019
Burton-on-Trent1,254 contributions300 helpful votes
We hadn't expected to find such an interesting place as this in such a small town. It was extremely interesting.
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Date of experience: July 2018
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LRTA2014 wrote a review Sep. 2017
Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom20 contributions6 helpful votes
I had no idea that Roman hypocaust technology had been adopted in later centuries, especially surprising in medieval times! Also had no idea just how much bathing a)went on at all and b)across all classes. Very good film there depicting this across several countries in the medieval era. They even had portable baths where a servant would use bellows to fuel the fire underneath! (not much had changed then since Roman times!) This is a fascinating reconstructed ruin which did a lot to adjust my mindset on medieval hygiene! Very helpful assistant in reception too.
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Date of experience: August 2017
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caropl wrote a review Jul. 2017
Chester, United Kingdom52 contributions6 helpful votes
The "bains" are the remains of a medieval sauna, built in stone with a hypercaust below. I never knew that this was the usual facility in a medieval substantial house/ castle! Believed all I was told about no body washing much then! There is quite a lot of local history & explanation available on storyboards on the walls and a film but some of it taxed my (poor) schoolgirl french! I think I puzzled it out mostly in the end; worth while. I enjoyed it and it was an interesting visit since I was there for the adjoining Tourist Office (v helpful and speaks reasonable English), but I am not sure I would travel solely to visit the baths, unless v. keen!
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Date of experience: July 2017
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beantony15 wrote a review Aug. 2016
Kyneton, Australia200 contributions88 helpful votes
The centre-piece of the museum is a private bath-house built in the 14th century for a princess. A bath was a rare pleasure only the wealthy could afford in the Middle Ages, and very few bath-houses remain from those times. One is in the palace of the Popes at Avignon. This one was built by John I Viscount of Rohan for his second wife, Joan of Navarre. It was dismantled and sold to an antique dealer in 1929, and re-erected in the castle square in 2008. It's worth exploring the town beyond the museum. Entering the little town of Guemene-sur-Scorff is like a walk into history, with its winding streets and lanes, crooked houses, inns, ancient castle ruins, ramparts, towers, gate, public wash-houses and fountain.
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Date of experience: September 2015
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