For details on parking in Bath and the Park & Ride system, go here, including a map.
- Driving around Bath – BusGate warning!
Please note that Pulteney Bridge is NOT open to traffic (buses and taxis/cycles only). There is also a Busgate at the junction of Broad Street, Walcot Street, Northgate Street, and New Bond Street (outside Waitrose in The Podium down to the Guildhall). This restricts access between the north and south of the city centre between 10am and 6pm – there is a fine if you pass between Walcot Street & the High Street between these hours, inadvertently or otherwise. You can get from New Bond Street round the corner and up Broad Street. If you come up the High Street, you will be redirected around the block and back to the Orange Grove.
- By Road
Bath is conveniently situated about 15 miles south of the M4. Leave at Junction 18 (conveniently marked with several brown signs for various historical sites) and follow the A46 south. At this point it depends where you are going. If…
- You’re here for the day and using the Park & Ride at Lansdown, turn right at the Cold Ashton roundabout (just after Pennsylvania – it’s a world tour), then left at the next junction. Left at the t-junction (on a hair pin bend) then straight ahead, past the racecourse. It’s on the right after the turning for Weston. It’s all signposted anyway.
- You’re staying in or around Bath hopefully your accommodation will give you instructions. After you leave the A46 and join the London Road into Bath the traffic will slow to a crawl. Sorry, but there’s not really a way round that fact.
Not coming from the north, east or Wales?
Coming from deeper in the West Country I would suggest that the M5/M4 option is the most straightforward. Avoid the Almondsbury interchange (M5/M4) any time you can, but especially around rush hour. Alternate routes include: the A39 across the Somerset Levels (hopefully no ferries or paddling required) (use the Newbridge Park & Ride); the A36/A367 from east Somerset/Wiltshire (use the Odd Down Park & Ride); the A4 from Chippenham/Devizes direction, and the A4 from Bristol (Newbridge Park & Ride).
There are regular long distance coaches run by National Express and Megabus. They will stop at the Dorchester Street bus station, and possibly some other stops on the main routes in town. They take about 2.5 to 3 hours from London.
Bath is on the main London to Bristol/Wales FirstGreat Western Line, and the station is in the south east of Central Bath in the bend of the river. There may possibly be disruption if they have started electrifying the line by next year – check the website nearer the time for any details. All trains on the west coast line will require you to change at Bristol Temple Meads. Most fast London trains stop at Bath Spa station (if there’s no engineering works).
There are also trains from Portsmouth Harbour/Weymouth/Westbury direction but they are local ones that stop at every sheep and blade of grass.
Well, you never know, we may get Morris enthusiasts from all over. The nearest airport is Bristol, which is about 35 miles away. You will need onward travel arrangements. Either:
- A lift from a kind friend.
- The new Green Bus service to Bath.
- Taxi – Checker Cars
- Bus to Bristol Temple Meads station, then train.
The southern end of the Cotswold Way ends outside Bath Abbey…