Getting Here and Around in Bath
Getting Here and Around
Frequent trains from Paddington and National Express buses from Victoria connect Bath with London. The bus and train stations are close to each other south of the center. By car from London, take M4 to Exit 18, from which A46 leads 10 miles south to Bath.
Drivers should note that parking is extremely limited within the city, and any car illegally parked will be ticketed. Fees for towed cars can be hundreds of pounds. Public parking lots in the historic area fill up early, but the park-and-ride lots on the outskirts provide inexpensive shuttle service into the center, which is pleasant to stroll around.
Free two-hour walking tours of Bath are offered year-round by the Mayor of Bath's Honorary Guides. Individuals can just show up outside the main entrance to the Pump Room. Tours are Sunday through Friday at 10:30 and 2, Saturday at 10:30, and there's an additional tour at 7 pm Tuesday and Thursday from May to September. The Jane Austen Centre arranges Jane-themed walking tours on weekends. City Sightseeing runs 50-minute guided tours of Bath on open-top buses year-round, leaving two to four times an hour from High Street, near the abbey. Tickets, valid for 24 hours, give discounts on entry to some of Bath's top attractions. Mad Max Tours runs full-day tours from Bath through the Cotswolds on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday, stopping at Tetbury, Upper Slaughter and Lower Slaughter, and either Bourton-on-the-Water or Stow-on-the-Wold. The departure point is the Best Western Hotel, North Parade, near Bath Abbey, at 8:45 am. The company also has tours to Castle Combe, Lacock, Avebury, and Stonehenge.