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Visiting Bath

Practical Guide To Making An Informed Visit To The City Of Bath

Bath City Centre Directions

Bath Overview

As a travel web site on London, these pages are written from the perspective of visitors to London wanting to spend a day or more outside of the capital.


So What's the attraction of Bath?

The key attraction to visitors to Bath originates from two periods.

The natural resource of a hot spring from the waters of the surrounding Cotswold Hills was a great attraction to the Romans when they invaded England about 2,000 years ago. The resulting Roman Baths are the biggest single attraction for visitors to Bath.


The other main period was the Georgian period in the 18th Century. Read our Georgian Bath page that describes the Georgian society and how Bath was transformed from a backwater into an elegant spa town where the cream of society flocked too. Today the charm of Bath emanates from that time.


There is so much to see and do in and around Bath that you couldn't see everything in a weekend. If you are visiting from London on a day tour on a coach, you will probably only get around 2 hours in the city. So its wise to do some preparation and prioritise what's attractive to you personally. You can easily visit Bath independently by rail from London and get a full day. Having a car in Bath, is a millstone around your neck. It'll just stay in an (expensive) car park all of the time.

The Roman Baths at Bath

The Roman Baths at Bath

Sightseeing

We would heartily recommend that visitors with enough time take the free walking tours of Bath as an introduction to your visit. Taken by volunteers, these walks of over two hours explain the history of Georgian Bath by taking you through the city past all the key landmarks.


Use the menu on the left hand side of the page for links to all the main attractions.

The official tourist office itself is on the river (eastern) side of the Roman Baths by Bath Abbey.

Shopping in Bath

Bath is not a museum piece, its a major thriving town and a regional shopping centre. Part of the charm of Bath is that business and shops coexist with visitors within the Georgian Bath environment. This is old fashion shopping with individual shops, no malls (as yet).


Bath is quite an affluent town and shops cater for all tastes, from the large chain stores down the main High (Main) Street to the quirkier and antique establishments only found by exploring.

Getting To Bath From London - Tours Or Independent

The most painless way of visiting Bath is on a one or two day tour from London. For time poor visitors the most popular is the Windsor, Stonehenge and Bath tour that visits all three world class attractions in one long day. Full details of the different kinds of tours are on our Bath Tours page.


However, these tours will only give you between 90 minutes and 3 hours in Bath.

It is very easy to get to Bath independently from London. For a day tour, regular fast trains run from London's Paddington Station take only around 90 minutes and run until late. Frequencies are twice hourly for most of the day.


Cheaper and slower are National Express buses from London Victoria, only worth considering if you're staying more than one day.

Full details are found on our getting To Bath from London by public transport page.

Bath is a very walkable city, everything is packed into a very compact area.

Bath Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Bus

Bath Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Bus

You do not really need a Hop On Hop Off bus from a logistical sense, although there is a tour option that offers a Bath skyline tour outside the city of Bath.


However, what you do get is a good orientation of Bath perched high up on the double deck bus. Especially if you are visiting independently the commentary can set the scene nicely for your stay.


Bath Hop On Hop Off Bus Routes, Frequencies etc

There are two routes covered by the same ticket.

The core route covers the city of Bath itself and takes you to the Roman Baths, the Pump Room, the Abbey where England's first King was crowned and the Assembly Rooms amongst others. In fact all the main attractions in the city.

The second 'Skyline Tour' takes you from Bath Railway Station round Claverton Down past the University of Bath and Prior Park Landscape Garden.


The tours use modern double decker buses like those photographed here. There is a live guide conducting the tour in English with headsets available with prerecorded commentary in Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Cantonese, Mandarin and Polish.


Most Popular Tours From London 2014

With Adult Fares Stated & Links To Tour Detail Pages

Visiting Stonehenge and/or Bath and/or Windsor

Stonehenge Morning or Afternoon Half Day - £45

Stonehenge & Bath (Stonehenge admission only) - £45

Stonehenge & Bath (Stonehenge & Roman Baths admission) - £55

Stonehenge & Avebury - £65

Windsor, Bath & Stonehenge (With Lunch at Lacock) - £76

Windsor, Bath & Stonehenge (No Lunch Extended Time Bath) - £77

Windsor, Stonehenge & Oxford - £84

Windsor, Stonehenge & Salisbury - £65

Salisbury, Stonehenge & Bath - £84

Stratford, Cotswolds, Bath & Stonehenge - £88

Portsmouth, Winchester & Stonehenge - £89

Alternative less frequent and seasonal tours

Visiting Cotswolds and/or Oxford and/or Stratford and/or Warwick

Oxford, Stratford & Warwick Castle - £76

In-depth Cotswolds Only Tour + Lunch - £79

Stratford, Cotswolds, Bath & Stonehenge - £88

Windsor, Stonehenge & Oxford - £79

Downton Abbey Filming Locations Tours - £83 or £119

Alternative less frequent and seasonal tours

Visiting Canterbury, Leeds Castle & Dover

Leeds Castle, Dover & Canterbury with river cruise - £76

Leeds Castle, Dover & Canterbury (Small Group) - £119

Special Theme Tours

Stonehenge Special Access (Walk Among Stones) Tours

Downton Abbey + Highclere Castle Tours

Harry Potter Tours

Small Group Tours (Maximum 16 people)

Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Bath - £119

Stonehenge, Glastonbury & Avebury - £119

Salisbury, Stonehenge & Avebury - £119

Lacock, Bath & Stonehenge - £119

Oxford, Cotswolds & Stratford - £119

Leeds Castle, Dover & Canterbury - £119

2 Day - Oxford, Cotswolds, Bath & Stonehenge - £219

2 Day Downton, Windsor, Oxford, Stonehenge, Bath Tour - £239

1,2 & 3 Day Breaks To Paris, Scotland & Amsterdam

Day Trip To Paris - from £149

3 Day Paris - from £239

3 Day Edinburgh & Scotland - from £229

3 Day Amsterdam - from £239


Special Offer Day Tours From London