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Driving to Bath

A Motorists guide to Bath - directions, parking and more



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Directions

Arriving / Parking

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Bath is one of England’s oldest cities, and as such one of the most picturesque. Today the influx of students to Bath University has meant that Bath combines historical architecture with dozens of shops, bars, restaurants and cafes.

The Roman Baths are a definite highlight, with hot springs, a museum explaining the history of the Georgian baths, and a restaurant where you can have a traditional afternoon tea after having sampled warm spa water directly from its source!

The Gothic Bath Abbey is an impressive construction, surrounded by many 18th century buildings. Queen’s Square and the nearby Circus and Royal Crescent are must-sees for those interested in Georgian architecture. Number 1 Royal Crescent was once the home of the Duke of York (son of George III).

There is more history at the Jane Austen Centre, dedicated to the writer who resided in Bath for many years, the William Herschel Museum, and the Museum of Costume, where you can learn about the history of fashion from 400 years ago to the present day.

Pulteney Bridge over the River Avon is another worthwhile sight, this is also close to the home ground of the Bath Rugby team.

There are high street shops aplenty, but there are also numerous independent shops for individualists. There are also cafes galore – try Sally Lunn’s on North Parade Passage, which is adjacent to a museum of the same name and is named after the creator of the Sally Lunn afternoon tea bun.

Map of the area



Bath driving and parking

Driving into the centre of Bath is relatively straight forward. There is a one-way system through the very centre which should be avoided at certain times of day but otherwise traffic flows through the city quite well.

There are a number of multi-storey car parks in the city and we'd advise that you use these if possible as street parking is very limited.

There is a very efficient park and ride service operating from 3 locations outside of Bath and if you're coming in from Bristol or the South West we'd recommend using these rather than driving into the centre.

Speed limits around Bath

Speed Limits

Motorway: 70 mph
Dual Carriageway: 70 mph
Rural: 60 mph
Urban: 30 mph

Distances from Bath to...

All of these places are within a few hours drive from Bath
PlaceDistance km (miles)
(Point to Point)

Attraction
Centre Parcs Longleat Forest, England23 km (14 miles)

Attraction
Stonehenge, England43 km (27 miles)

Town
Cardiff, Wales58 km (36 miles)

Town
Stratford, England101 km (63 miles)

Attraction
Silverstone Circuit, England121 km (75 miles)

Attraction
Thorpe Park, England128 km (79 miles)

Town
Birmingham, England128 km (79 miles)

Town
London, England155 km (96 miles)

Attraction
Alton Towers, England182 km (113 miles)

Attraction
Centre Parcs Sherwood Forest, England218 km (135 miles)

Town
Manchester, England234 km (145 miles)

Attraction
Centre Parcs Elveden Forest, England236 km (147 miles)

Town
Dublin, Ireland340 km (211 miles)

Attraction
Centre Parcs Whinfell Forest, England363 km (225 miles)

Attraction
Centre Parcs Les Bois-Francs, France376 km (233 miles)

Town
Lille, France388 km (241 miles)

Town
Bruges, Belgium388 km (241 miles)

Town
Cork, Ireland427 km (265 miles)

Town
Belfast, Northern Ireland429 km (266 miles)

Attraction
Centre Parcs Port Zélande, Netherlands432 km (268 miles)

Town
Paris, France440 km (273 miles)

Attraction
Disneyland Paris, France460 km (286 miles)

Town
Antwerp, Belgium470 km (292 miles)

Town
Brussels, Belgium472 km (293 miles)

Town
Rotterdam, Netherlands475 km (295 miles)

Attraction
Centre Parcs Belle Dune, France476 km (296 miles)

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