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.
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 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.
- 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.
- 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'.