Bath is located just over 100 miles west of London and is the perfect base to explore the West Country, Stonehenge and the Cotswolds.
In this section you can find out more about the beautiful countryside, attractions and charming villages surrounding Bath to help you plan your visit.
Click on any of the areas or locations to find out more.
17 miles / 28 km from Bath
Often described as the prettiest village in England, Castle Combe is a quintessentially English village in the Cotswolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With low-slung stone cottages set by a babbling brook and a fourteenth-century Manor House Hotel, Castle Combe is regularly featured as a film location. Close by is the well-known Castle Combe Racing Circuit, the West Country’s home of motorsport.
27 miles / 43 km from Bath
Recognised as a World Heritage Site for its outstanding Neolithic and Bronze Age landscape, Avebury is a must-visit. Built roughly between 2850 BC and 2200 BC, and now managed by The National Trust, it is the largest stone circle in the world. Explore this pretty village and you will a find a pub, shops and Avebury Manor and its surrounding gardens. This early sixteenth-century, reputedly haunted house contains rooms decorated from the sixteenth to the early twentieth century. The nearby Alexander Keiller Museum houses one of the most important prehistoric archaeological collections in Britain.
32 miles / 52 km from Bath
For centuries Marlborough was a popular staging post on the road from London to Bath. It has one of the widest high streets in England and is known for its high quality shops. Avebury is also located nearby.
14 miles / 23 km from Bath
The medieval village of Lacock in Wiltshire, with its timber-framed cottages and stunning abbey, has to be one of the prettiest villages in England. In its 800 years of history, Lacock has been many things: an Augustinian abbey, the home of a Tudor rogue, a Gothic ruin, and the birthplace of photography. Lacock’s cottages and inns dating back to the fifteenth century make for a breathtaking backdrop, much admired by filmmakers. The village’s most famous appearances include Downton Abbey, the BBC’s Pride and Prejudice and Cranford, and the Harry Potter films.
13 miles / 21 km from Bath
Bristol is a vibrant, contemporary city famed for its bridges, balloons, boats, bikes, Brunel and Banksy. Rich in maritime history, grand buildings and cobbled streets still survive from the city’s time as a major trading port. The world-famous Clifton Suspension Bridge, designed by the great Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, spans the Avon Gorge and the River Avon, linking Clifton in Bristol to Leigh Woods in North Somerset. Bristol is an eco-friendly, sustainable city is the UK’s first cycling city. There are many cycle routes around the city, Harbourside and neighbouring countryside. Bristol is also home to the world’s third oldest zoo, so whether you’re looking for a great day out for all the family, a romantic break or a just little adventure, there’s a fantastic range of things to do in this vibrant city.
Bradford on Avon
8 miles / 13 km from Bath
Stroll through Bradford-on-Avon and walk in the footsteps of the Romans, Saxons, Normans, Georgians and Victorians. Winding through it all is the River Avon. The ancient bridge in the centre of the town remains its natural focus, and still has two of its original thirteenth-century arches. Bradford-on-Avon is also full of modern day attractions. There’s a great choice of places to eat and drink, including canal-side pubs, award-winning restaurants, and cafés where you can savour local produce including cheeses, ice creams, chutneys and ales. Visitors can also soak up the atmosphere amongst the town’s variety of independent shops, or if you are feeling a little more energetic, it is a great destination for cycling, walking and other outdoor activities.
41 miles / 66 km from Bath
Medieval Salisbury lies at the confluence of five rivers and the awe-inspiring sight of the Cathedral, rising up from the water-meadows, has been described as ‘Britain’s Best View’ by readers of Country Life magazine. Salisbury Cathedral was built in just 38 years (AD 1220-1258) and offers one superlative after another, from the tallest spire in Britain and the oldest working clock in Europe to the world’s best preserved original Magna Carta. Other attractions within Cathedral Close include Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum, The Wardrobe Military Museum and Mompesson House. There are plenty of events that take place in and around the city from the world-renowned Salisbury International Arts Festival through to the annual Christmas Market.
Radstock & Midsomer Norton
11 miles / 17km from Bath
Radstock is one of the best-preserved former coal-mining towns in England and has been awarded conservation area status. Visit the Radstock Museum to see a fascinating range of exhibits which offer insight into north-east Somerset life since the nineteenth century. You’ll also find a wide variety of walks, such as the seven-and-a-half mile circular Miners and Black Mountain trail. Just down the road from Radstock you will Midsomer Norton. Situated within the very attractive rural area between Bath and the Mendip Hills, the town has been a traditional market town for centuries. The town boasts some fine historic buildings, and Hollies Garden offers a central green space for shoppers and others to meet.
32 miles / 52 km from Bath
Cheddar is a large village situated on the southern edge of the Mendip Hills, famous throughout the world as the origin of Cheddar Cheese. Cheddar is also home to Cheddar Gorge, the largest gorge in the United Kingdom, and the stunning Cheddar Show Caves, where Britain's oldest complete human skeleton, Cheddar Man, estimated to be over 9,000 years old, was found in 1903. An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the limestone plateau is noted for its beautiful scenery and varied wildlife.
21 miles / 34 km from Bath
The beautiful city of Wells is named after three springs, or wells, which rise within the city. The iconic Wells Cathedral has bought people together for over 800 years and its famous clock is the oldest surviving original of its kind in the world. Wells’ medieval moated Bishop's Palace has been home to the Bishop of Bath and Wells, and the resident swans, for over 800 years. It is surrounded by 14 acres of stunning gardens, so there is plenty to see. A visit to Wells would not be complete without seeing Vicars' Close. A perfect photo opportunity, it is also Europe's oldest intact street, having been completed in the mid-fourteenth century.
28 miles / 46 km from Bath
Situated on the low-lying Somerset Levels, Glastonbury is perhaps the Mendip district's most famous town. Steeped in Christian and Pagan legends, the town is overshadowed by Glastonbury Tor, a dominant feature of the local landscape, topped by the roofless St Michael's Tower. Glastonbury is also famous for its Abbey, one of the richest and most powerful monasteries in England. Today, Glastonbury is known worldwide for its eponymous music festival, a five-day event of contemporary performing arts, attended by more than 175,000 people.
If it is 'cool' Somerset you are searching for then look no further than the historic market town of Frome. An attractive town built upon steep, cobbled hills, Frome is a centre for arts and crafts, with a number of galleries and craft centres. Alongside quirky shops, Frome has an eclectic mix of markets, including The Frome Independent, an award-winning destination street market, which showcases the best independent craftspeople, designers, makers, producers and traders in the south west.
In the historic market town of Corsham, you’ll find independent shops, many restaurants, cafes and pubs, peacocks roaming freely and maybe even Captain Poldark! The BBC filmed the hit TV drama in the High Street, which doubled as a bustling eighteenth-century Truro. The town contains several notable historic buildings, such as the Flemish Cottages, built in the seventeenth century to house a group of Flemish weavers, and Corsham Court, one of England’s finest stately homes.
Listed in the Domesday Book as Cainesham, Keynsham has been occupied since the prehistoric era, and may have been the site of the Roman settlement of Trajectus. Keynsham developed into a medieval market town after Keynsham Abbey was founded around 1170. Today, there is a popular market on the second Saturday of each month, where you can buy a wide range of local produce. The area also benefits from an excellent network of walking and cycling routes, including the Monarch’s Way, the River Avon Trail and the Bristol and Bath Railway path.
Bath is one of the world’s architectural and historical masterpieces. Nourished by natural hot springs, Bath offers spa and relaxation, Roman and Georgian heritage, festivals, culture and great shopping. The city is surrounded by beautiful countryside and is the perfect base to explore the West Country.
North East Somerset
The city of Bath is surrounded by the rolling hills, peaceful waterways and charming villages of North East Somerset. Explore the picturesque Limpley Stoke Valley and Kennet and Avon Canal, discover the industrial heritage of Radstock or relax around the tranquil lakes in Chew Valley.
Somerset lies to the south of Bath and offers a wonderful mixture of heritage, countryside and coast. Enjoy a day trip from Bath to explore Britain’s biggest gorge at Cheddar, discover history and legends at Glastonbury or visit the cathedral city of Wells.
Bath is set on the southern edge of the Cotswolds, a series of gently rolling hills and quintessentially English villages. Designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Cotswolds is famous for its beautiful countryside and distinctive honey-coloured limestone villages, which can be easily reached from Bath.
Situated to the east of Bath the rolling rural landscape of Wiltshire offers a fantastic range of places to visit. The famous World Heritage sites of Stonehenge and Avebury, beautiful gardens and historic houses, eye-catching chalk horses and glorious countryside can all be easily reached from Bath.
Gloucestershire lies to the north of Bath and is one of England’s most varied counties encompassing five different areas. The majority of the Cotswolds is located here as well as the Severn Vale and Forest of Dean, the regency town of Cheltenham and the city of Gloucester.