Travel & Tourism Tips

bath bridgeThe Romans established the City of Bath in A.D.43 and this city, awash with architecture, history, and culture has been welcoming visitors ever since.

Many of Bath’s great buildings date back from its renaissance in the 18th century when it again became a fashionable spa town and played host to royalty and the cream of the aristocracy, who visited the city to ‘take the waters’

Today visitors can walk around the old Roman Baths, enjoy the splendor of Bath Abbey or simply take in the breathtaking Georgian architecture of this beautiful city, which somehow managed to escape the ravages of industry and the Luftwaffe.

Bath: Transport Services

Buses:

Bath Bus Station, Manvers Street, Bath. Call the Traveline for details of all bus services in the Bath & North East Somerset .

The two main bus companies in Bath are First Badgerline and Bath Bus Company.

Trains:

Bath Spa Station, Manvers Street, Bath.
Bath Spa station is on the London to Bristol Temple Meads main line and the Southampton and Portsmouth to South Wales line

For up-to-date Online Rail Timetables use Railtrack.

Taxis:

Ranks at Bath Spa Railway Station, Orange Grove, Milsom Street, New Orchard Street.

Airport:

The nearest airport to Bath is Bristol International Airport. Both London Heathrow and London Gatwick airports have connections to Reading railway station from which there are regular trains to Bath.

Cycle Hire:

Avon Valley Cyclery, at the rear of Bath Spa Railway Station.

Parking:

City centre car parks are well signposted and identified as long or short stay.

Car parks are in Avon Street, Charlotte Street, Ham Gardens, Kingsmead Square, Manvers Street, the Sports Centre and Bath Cricket Club in North Parade Road, and Walcot Street.

Cars parked on city centre streets Monday to Saturday 8am-6pm must display a ticket available from some shops.

Coach Park:

Riverside Coach Park, Avon Street.

Park & Ride:

Help keep Bath car free. Park your car free of charge at any of the four Park & Rides below. Buses run every 10-15 minutes to and from the city centre, and journey time is around 10 minutes.

Newbridge Park & Ride – Located on the A4 Newbridge Road. As you approach Bath from Keynsham or Bristol, turn left at the A4/A36 junction on the western edge of the city. Monday to Saturday 7.30am-7.30pm. Bus (service 21) from Westgate Buildings (B4).

University of Bath Park & Ride – Located west of Bath within the University Campus grounds. Saturdays only 8.30am-6.30pm. Bus (service 19) from Terrace Walk (C4).

Lansdown Park & Ride – Located on the Lansdown Road on the northern outskirts of the city. Monday to Friday 7.30am-7.30pm. Bus (service 31) from Queen Square (B3).

Odd Down Park & Ride – Located south of Bath on the A367 Fosse Way as you approach Bath from Radstock & Peasedown St John. Monday to Saturday 7.30am-7.30pm. Bus (service 41) from St James’s Parade.

Petrol:

There are 24 hour filling stations at Walcot Service Station on London Road and Churchill Bridge Service Station on Lower Bristol Road.

Main Attractions

Roman Baths

Roman bathsIt was the Romans that first took advantage of the rare natural hot springs in Britain, although it is possible that many people used to go to the hot springs long before the development of Rome. For a time, the ancient Roman baths were regarded as the best in all of the empire, but the middle ages saw them fall into disrepair.

In 1702, an ailing Prince George paid a visit to the city and the baths regained their popularity as a therapeutic retreat. As the city underwent renewed development in the late 18th century, the ruins of the old Roman settlers were unearthed and restored.

Visitors today can tour the seven ancient baths and the magnificent Georgian Pump House which offers a taste of its mineral waters to those who are feeling adventurous. The lead-lined Pump House contains the hot spa water and it used to be kept in a vast hall that was 40 metres high, making it one of the largest buildings constructed at that time.

Address: Stall Street ; Post code: BA1 1LZ

Website: http://www.romanbaths.co.uk/

Opening times: Daily 9am to 10pm (July and August); otherwise 9.30am to 5.30pm .

Building of Bath Museum

Building of Bath MuseumThis museum tells the story of Georgian Bath’s history, making it an excellent place to begin an exploration of the city. Housed in the Gothic Countess of Huntingdon’s Methodist Chapel, the museum was originally built in 1765 but was renovated fairly recently in 1984 by the Bath Preservation Trust. It features an exhibit on how Bath came to be the most fashionable spa retreat in Georgian England from its humble beginnings as a small town resort. The story is told using paintings, maps, models, reconstructions, hands-on demonstrations and live craft exhibits, and visitors can even access information from a touch-screen computer.

Address: The Countess of Huntingdon’s Chapel, The Vineyards

Websitewww.bath-preservation-trust.org.uk/

Transport: 10-15 minutes on foot from Bath bus and train station.

Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday (and Bank Holiday Mondays) 10.30am to 5pm

William Herschel Museum

While the astronomer William Herschel stayed in Bath in 1781, he discovered the planet Uranus, using a telescope

William Herschel Museum
William Herschel Museum

he built for himself. His discovery, along with the ingenious scientific methods he used, earned him the honour as one of history’s greatest astronomers.

The museum named after him contains a replica of his workshop, his kitchen, and the music room at the Herschel house, where he lived with his sister, Caroline.

Address: 19 New King Street, Bath

Websitewww.bath-preservation-trust.org.uk/

Opening times: Weekdays (closed Wednesdays) 1pm to 5pm; Weekends 11am to 5pm

Museum of Costume

Museum of CostumeBath’s Museum of Costume houses an extensive collection of clothes and fashion accessories that cover a period of four hundred years, beginning from the late 16th century to the present day. The exhibit consists of hundreds of costumes placed on mannequins and offers a visual overview of how fashion has evolved over the years. An audio commentary is optional, and guided tours also available.

Address: Bennett Street

Website: http://www.museumofcostume.co.uk/

Transport: Lansdown buses 2 and 9 from city centre stop nearby. Round trip sightseeing bus stops at the adjacent Assembly Rooms.

Opening times: 11am to 5pm ( 4pm closing in winter months).

Jane Austen Centre

Jane Austen
Jane Austen

The novelist Jane Austen is Bath’s most famous resident and she is celebrated in this permanent exhibit on her life and work. The city was her home between 1801 and 1806, and Georgian Bath figures prominently in her novels Persuasion and Northanger Abbey.

Address: 40 Gay Street , Queen Square

Websitehttp://www.janeausten.co.uk/

Transport: Park & Ride bus to Queen Square (centre is close to the bus stop). The Round the city sightseeing buses stop outside the centre.

Opening times: Daily 10am to 5.30pm .

Out & Around Bath

Out & Around BathTours

GUIDED WALKING TOURS

Take a free 2 hour walk around Bath’s historical and architectural sights, led by the Mayor’s Honorary Guides. Tours leave Abbey Church Yard at 10.30am every day and at 2pm from Sunday to Friday. Additional tours leave at 7pm on Tuesdays, Fridays & Saturdays from May to September only.

Ghost Walks of Bath. A 2 hour walk to many spooky locations! Meet at the Garrick’s Head pub, next to the Theatre Royal, at 8pm Monday to Saturday from April to October. Fridays only from November to March.

An Appointment With Fear. Join a 1 hour Ghost Tour of Bath with costumed guides every night at 8pm from The Crystal Palace pub in Abbey Green, or 8.10pm from the Pump Room main entrance in Abbey Church Yard.

Bizarre Bath – The Comedy Walk. An eccentric evening stroll through Bath. Leaves from outside The Huntsman Inn in North Parade Passage at 8pm every evening from April to September. Tel 01225 335124.

Jane Austen’s Bath. Departs at 1.30pm every day in July and August, and weekends and public holidays only for rest of the year, from outside KC Change Visitor Information Centre in Abbey Church Yard.

OPEN TOP BUS TOURS

Tickets are valid all day and you may get on and off as often as you like to explore places of interest. This is the best way to see all of Bath’s attractions. Keep your ticket for discounts at some Bath attractions.

The Bath Tour (green and cream buses). An hour long (or more), award-winning tour with Guide Friday professional guides, leaves at least every 15 minutes in Summer. (In Winter tours leave hourly on weekdays, half-hourly at weekends). The tour starts at the Bus Station but can be joined at any of the stops marked on the map.

The Bath Classic Citytour (red buses). A 45 minute tour, leaving at least every 30 minutes from Terrace Walk.

Bath Bus Company. Every 15 minutes from Grand Parade and other stops on the route.

HOT AIR BALLOON FLIGHTS OVER BATH

Balloons lift off most days between April and October around 6pm, from Victoria Park. Great fun to watch too!

PLEASURE BOAT TRIPS

50 minute cruises along the Avon to Bathampton Weir, leaving from below Pulteney Bridge hourly, 11am-dusk, from Easter to October.

SAFARIS AND EXCURSIONS

Danwood City Safari. Departs every day at 10.15am from outside the Huntsman Inn in Terrace Walk. Returns at 5.30pm. Visits the Cotswolds, Avebury, Stonehenge, Salisbury and Longleat.

Where to Stay in Bath

The city has a wide variety of places to stay to suit any taste and budget.bath old hotel

There are a number of major 5-star hotels and moderately-priced hotels on Georgian streets, as well as low-cost travel lodges and cozy family-run inns and guesthouses.

Near the city is a popular campsite, as well as a Youth Hostel. There are also backpacker-friendly hostels in the city centre.

Hotels

BAILBROOK HOUSE
39 London Road West
BATH
Avon
Distance from city centre (km / miles): 3.00/ 1.86
Number of rooms/units: 78
Rating: 5 Diamonds (Gold)

FRANCIS ON THE SQUARE
Queen Square
BATH
Distance from city centre (km / miles): 0.52/ 0.32
Number of rooms/units: 95
Rating: 3 Stars

HOMEWOOD PARK
HINTON CHARTERHOUSE

Distance from city centre (km / miles): 5.69/ 3.54
Number of rooms/units: 19
Rating: 3 Stars (Red Star)

OLD MILL HOTEL
Toll Bridge Road
Batheaston
BATH
Distance from city centre (km / miles): 2.51/ 1.56
Number of rooms/units: 27
Rating: 4 Diamonds (Silver)

TASBURGH HOUSE HOTEL
Warminster Road
BATH
Distance from city centre (km / miles): 2.36/ 1.47
Number of rooms/units: 12
Rating: 4 Diamonds

LEIGH PARK HOTEL
Leigh Road West
BRADFORD ON AVON
Wilts
Distance from city centre (km / miles): 8.51/ 5.29
Number of rooms/units: 22
Rating: 3 Stars

LIMPLEY STOKE HOTEL
Woods Hill
Limpley Stoke
BATH
Distance from city centre (km / miles): 4.75/ 2.95
Number of rooms/units: 67
Rating: 3 Stars

WINDSOR HOTEL
69 Great Pulteney Street
BATH
Distance from city centre (km / miles): 0.79/ 0.49
Number of rooms/units: 14
Rating: 4 Stars

CARFAX HOTEL
13-15 Great Pulteney Street
BATH
Distance from city centre (km / miles): 0.77/ 0.48
Number of rooms/units: 31
Rating: 4 Diamonds

Guesthouses & B&Bs

AVON GUEST HOUSE
1 Pulteney Gardens
BATH
Distance from city centre (km / miles): 0.66/ 0.41
Number of rooms/units: 6
Rating: 3 Diamonds

HAYDON HOUSE
9 Bloomfield Park
Bath
Distance from city centre (km / miles): 4.61/ 2.86
Number of rooms/units: 5
Rating: 5 Diamonds (Silver)

ATHOLE HOUSE
33 Upper Oldfield Park
BATH
Distance from city centre (km / miles): 0.72/ 0.45
Number of rooms/units: 3
Rating: 5 Diamonds (Sparkling Diamond)

BELVEDERE WINE VAULTS
Belvedere
Lansdown
BATH
Distance from city centre (km / miles): 1.00/ 0.62
Number of rooms/units: 4

SERENDIPITY
Bradford Road
Winsley
BRADFORD ON AVON
Distance from city centre (km / miles): 6.27/ 3.89
Number of rooms/units: 3
Rating: 4 Diamonds

THE PLAINE GUEST HOUSE
Bell Hill
Norton St. Philip
BATH
Distance from city centre (km / miles): 8.90/ 5.53
Number of rooms/units: 4
Rating: 4 Stars

Camping & Caravan

NEWTON MILL CAMPING & CARAVAN
Newton Road
BATH
Distance from city centre (km / miles): 3.41/ 2.12
Rating: 4 Stars

Hostels

ROBAN HOUSE (SW HOLIDAY LETS)
26 Lower Oldfield Park
BATH
Avon
Distance from city centre (km / miles): 0.82/ 0.51
Number of rooms/units: 5
Rating: 4 Diamonds

ST CHRISTOPHERS INN
9 Green Street
BATH
Avon
Distance from city centre (km / miles): 0.40/ 0.25
Number of rooms/units: 8

Useful Bath Information

 

bath old hotel

TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE:

Abbey Chambers, Abbey Church Yard, Bath BA1 1LY
Tel: 0906 711 2000
Fax: 01225 477787
Open: May to September 9.30am-6pm, October to April 9.30am-5pm Monday to Saturday; 10am-4pm on Sundays (all year).
Provides a wealth of information on Bath, and on the United Kingdom as a whole. The Centre can help you find accommodation in Bath, and also operates the national Book-a-Bed-Ahead scheme. Ask here about the “Bath Pass” discount card. The Centre sells a wide range of books, maps, souvenirs and gifts. There is an American Express bureau de change at the Centre.

GUIDE FRIDAY TOURlSM CENTRE:

Bath Spa Railway Station, Manvers Street, Bath BA1 1JL
Open 7 days a week, 9am-5.30pm in summer, 10am-3.30pm in winter.
For information and advice. The Centre provides maps, guide books, and an accommodation booking service, including Book-a-Bed Ahead to certain cities.

BANKS (with 24 hour cash machines):

Barclays, Manvers Street, Bath
LloydsTSB, Milsom Street and Lower Borough Walls, Bath
HSBC, Milsom Street and Southgate, Bath
NatWest, High Street, Bath,
Royal Bank of Scotland, Quiet Street, Bath
Also machines in Bath St, Quiet St, Corridor, Broad St.

BUREAUX DE CHANGE:

American Express, 5 Bridge Street, Bath and at the Tourist Information Centre;
KC Change and Tourist Information, 13 Abbey Church Yard, Bath
Marks & Spencer, 16-19 Stall Street, Bath

EMERGENCY:

In an emergency dial 999.
Police Station, Manvers Street, Bath

Royal United Hospital (with Accident & Emergency department), Combe Park, Bath
Take a No.14 bus from the Bus Station or a taxi.

Samaritans, 2 New King Street, Bath

Bath NHS Walk-in Centre, 4 Cambridge House, Henry Street, Bath BA1 1JT Open 7am-10pm every day. No appointment necessary. Consultations and assessment by an experienced NHS nurse.

LAUNDERETTES:

In Margaret’s Buildings and Claverton Street.

LOCAL PRESS:

  • The Evening Chronicle: available daily (except Sunday) from newsagents. Useful for events listings.
  • Bath Observer: a free weekly paper from the Evening Chronicle.
  • The Advertiser: free weekly independent newspaper.
  • Venue: a fortnightly guide to what’s on in Bristol and Bath is available from bookshops and newsagents.
  • This Month in Bath: is free from various outlets.

LOCAL RADIO:

Bath FM, PO Box 1079, Bath, BA1 2GU
Bath’s own radio station on 107.9FM

MAIN POST OFFICE:

New Bond Street, Bath. Open Monday to Saturday 9am-5.30pm.

PUBLIC LIBRARY:

The Podium, Northgate Street, Bath
Open Monday 10am-6pm, Tuesday to Thursday 9.30am-7pm, Friday and Saturday 9.30am-5pm.

TICKETS AND BOOKINGS:

TABS, Theatre Royal, Bath.
Ticketcall, 15 Pierrepont Street, Bath
Bath Festivals Box Office, 2 Church Street, Abbey Green, Bath BA1 1NL

WEATHER:

For todays forecast and a 10-day weather forecast, visit www.weather.co.uk

Useful Websites

bath churchOfficial Bath & North East Somerset website
www.bathnes.gov.uk

Kids’ Time Directory
www.kidstimedirectory.co.uk

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