Bath is a tourist city and there is a large range of accommodation on offer from highly expensive to basic. There are also several hundred B&Bs and guest houses dotted around the city. The main issue is parking – if you need parking at your accommodation, check whether it is provided or what your alternatives may be. See the parking section for information on car parks and park & ride facilities. The main central clearing house for accommodation needs in the city is the Visit Bath website run by the local tourist service, Bath Tourism Plus.
- Bed & Breakfast/Guest Houses
The Visit Bath website is probably the best place to go for information on available places in B&B and guest house rooms. They book up quickly, so the sooner you can decide to come, the better. It is unlikely a whole side will get into one of these, so be prepared to spread yourselves around. Many of those further out will have some sort of parking. They will advise on the best public transport options from their locations. The main bus operator is FirstBus – they have an app, or there is a journey planner on their website. There are also a small number of guest suites available for year round use at the University of Bath.
- Chain hotels
There are two Travelodges in Bath, which has now been joined by a Premier Inn. They will be amongst the more expensive of their chain, but still cheaper than other hotel options. Only the Bath Waterside Travelodge by the Kennet & Avon Canal provides parking – it is also very close to the train station (within easy 5-minute walking distance). There is a Holiday Inn Express with parking, but it is not in the middle of town – about a 15-20 walk into the middle of the city. There is also a Hilton Hotel (no free parking, only paid parking in the car park underneath), a Best Western (the Abbey Hotel, no parking but great location), and a Macdonald Hotel (the Bath Spa Hotel) which is NOT cheap, but does have a spa and parking… Of course, there are a lot of other hotels not part of chains.
- Cheaper options
There is a Funky Backpacker hostel on Pierrepont Street just up from the train station. The St Christopher Inn is part of the national chain and is above Belushi’s Bar on Broad Street. The YMCA a bit further up Broad Street also provides accommodation and isn’t above a bar. The final option here is the Youth Hostel itself. This is in a Victorian villa half way up Bathwick Hill – not for the fainthearted. Lovely accommodation, but perhaps the least convenient of this collection. It’s saving grace is the availability of parking…
There are campsites in the countryside around Bath. The two closest are at the Newbridge Park & Ride site and at the bottom of Pennyquick Hill in Twerton. The Newbridge one gives you access to the P&R service, but there is no easy way from Twerton into town other than driving in or parking up at the P&R. There are more sites further out of town – including one run by a Morris musician and dancer outside Bathford. Check out the website for further details of locations and websites.