Bath Car Hire - Did You Know?

  • The hot springs of Bath are the only naturally occurring hot springs in the UK.
  • In 973 King Edgar of England was crowned at Bath.
  • Queen Elizabeth I gave Bath its city status with the use of a royal charter in 1590.
  • In 1987 Bath was given UNESCO World Heritage status.
  • The Georgian architecture of Bath is created with local Bath Stone.

Bath Mini Guide

One good way to get a sense of the city is to take part in one of the free two hour walking tours, and these are advertised in leaflets which can be found in most of the bars, hotels and restaurants. There are many companies which do guided tours of the city.

Bath Royal Crescent

Driving west from London it takes about an hour and a half to get to Bath, but it is only a short drive from Bristol. From London you will come to Bath on the M4 and then you take junction 18 and follow signs for five miles. However you are advised to keep driving in the city centre to a minimum. One way streets make it easy to lose your way while parking is always tricky. There are park and ride facilities which make the whole thing less stressful. The parking is free and a return bus ticket only costs a couple of pounds which is good value for money. 

So hire a car in Bath and travel through Somerset and Bristol as well and just park in one of the many park and ride car parks in Bath. There is no airport in Bath, although Bristol International (BRS) is just 20 miles west and convenient for visitors with recent development and plans for a further runway to cope with increased demand making Bath very accessible.  Heathrow and Gatwick airport are 1.5 hours and 2 hours away respectively with excellent public transport routes to Bath.  Cardiff and Southampton are also options for travellers visiting Bath.

During your visit make sure to see the actual baths which were built 2,000 years ago by the Romans before being renovated and used again in the 18th century by the Victorians who were mad about healing waters as well. It costs about £10 for an adult to visit and your entrance fee helps preserve the baths for future generations.

Bath Abbey

Bath is also home to one of England’s most famous rugby teams and their ground is very atmospheric while the tickets are relatively inexpensive for a good day’s entertainment.  In Roman times Bath was seen as a holiday resort and today thousands of visitors go to this beautiful city every year to emulate them.

Latest Update from Bath:

19/04/12 - If you're considering visiting Bath this summer, take the train with Great Western Railways and you'll get 2 for 1 entry to many Bath attractions. For when you get to Bath, don't forget to book a hire car to get you around the sights.

20/02/13 - This year Bath is going to be in the spotlight as part of the Jane Austen celebrations. There's a series of events on in the city which begin on March 3rd with a talk at the Theatre Royal called 'Discovering the Real Jane Austen'.

Driving in Bath

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    Road Driving Side

  • 30mph

    Urban speed Limit

  • 60mph

    Rural Speed Limit

  • 70mph

    Motorway Speed Limit

  • 80mg

    Drink Drive Limit

  • GBP £


  • 25

    Min Rental Age

  • YES


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Car Hire Bath Customer Comments:

Rented a car for 10 days to visit the south west of England including Cornwall, Devon and Bath. We did enjoy Bath but it was quite touristy and some places were really busy.

Bronagh - Ireland
20/09/2011 12:20 PM

We loved Bath so much, such a pretty city and the buildings are just gorgeous. We stayed at the Bath Spa Hotel which was amazing and also took a trip to the Roman Baths.

Mr. & Mrs. Clements - USA
28/07/2011 18:23 PM

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The house prices around the area may be astronomical but car hire in Bath remains reasonable. We have great deals because so many tourists visit Bath to see the old Roman baths which gave this city a reputation as a healing centre.

That led many royals and rich people to visit Bath and one of the most popular tourist attractions is the Royal Crescent of incredible houses. The beauty of Bath draws an estimated four million visitors per year. This is also a thriving area for technology business such as Future PLC which is based in Bath.

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