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Driving to Bath

A Motorists guide to Bath - directions, parking and more

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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)

Centre Parcs Longleat Forest, England23 km (14 miles)

Stonehenge, England43 km (27 miles)

Cardiff, Wales58 km (36 miles)

Stratford, England101 km (63 miles)

Silverstone Circuit, England121 km (75 miles)

Thorpe Park, England128 km (79 miles)

Birmingham, England128 km (79 miles)

London, England155 km (96 miles)

Alton Towers, England182 km (113 miles)

Centre Parcs Sherwood Forest, England218 km (135 miles)

Manchester, England234 km (145 miles)

Centre Parcs Elveden Forest, England236 km (147 miles)

Dublin, Ireland340 km (211 miles)

Centre Parcs Whinfell Forest, England363 km (225 miles)

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

Lille, France388 km (241 miles)

Bruges, Belgium388 km (241 miles)

Cork, Ireland427 km (265 miles)

Belfast, Northern Ireland429 km (266 miles)

Centre Parcs Port Zélande, Netherlands432 km (268 miles)

Paris, France440 km (273 miles)

Disneyland Paris, France460 km (286 miles)

Antwerp, Belgium470 km (292 miles)

Brussels, Belgium472 km (293 miles)

Rotterdam, Netherlands475 km (295 miles)

Centre Parcs Belle Dune, France476 km (296 miles)

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