Plan Your Visit
To get the very best out of your visit to Bath, let us help you to think ahead and work out your trip in advance. Our wealth of resources and information make getting to (and around) the city simple, fuss-free and enjoyable. Here are some handy hints to get you started...
Bath has a compact city centre which is best explored on foot, so you won’t miss your car if you choose to leave it at home. Travelling to Bath on public transport is easy wherever you’re coming from - best of all, Bath’s coach, bus and railway stations are located in the heart of the city, so you’ll be perfectly placed to start exploring as soon as you arrive. It’s quick, too; London to Bath by train takes less than 90 minutes, and we’re just a short 19-mile bus trip from Bristol airport.
If you do prefer to drive, Bath is close to both the M4 and M5 motorways. The city has three handy park-and-ride services, allowing you to beat the traffic and save on parking costs by leaving your car outside the city centre. Wheelchair-accessible buses run every 15 minutes, whisking you into Bath in a speedy ten minutes.
For the complete lowdown on what Bath has to offer, make the Visitor Information Centre your first stop. Friendly staff will fill you in on everything you need to know for a memorable trip, from great places to eat and must-see attractions. The Visitor Information Centre also stocks an extensive range of local maps and guidebooks to buy before you arrive, or once you are here. And don’t forget that you can download digital brochures and audio guides from our website.
Despite its ancient history, Bath takes a thoroughly twenty-first-century approach to accessibility. You’ll find a huge choice of museums, galleries, restaurants, accommodation and attractions that cater to visitors with mobility needs. There’s also a Shopmobility service hiring out electric scooters and wheelchairs to help you get around easily. For information on all these issues, contact the Visitor Information Centre. Look out for the Bath Welcome Ambassadors, who are on hand roaming the streets ready to help visitors.
We’ll finish with a top tip: Bath is at its busiest on weekends so, if you can, come during the week when the city is at its most serene!
The Bath BID Welcome Ambassadors
Welcome to Bath – Ask me! The Bath BID Welcome Ambassadors provide a warm and informed welcome to visitors to the city centre, acting as human information points and guiding people to their destinations at busy times.