Your FAQs about Bath answered

5 March 2018

Visiting or even moving to a new city for the first time, you’re bound to have questions – which is why we’re here to make planning your trip to Bath easier. Here are the most frequently asked questions about Bath answered…

How long to Bath from London?

One of the lovely things about Bath is how well-connected it is, and how handy the city is for London. You can drive in around two and a half to three hours or better still, catch a train from London Paddington station and arrive at Bath Spa station just 90 minutes later.

Are there a lot of students in Bath?

Around a quarter of Bath’s population is made up of students, most of whom study at the University of Bath – a campus within easy reach of the city centre. The city has a lot to offer students due to its thriving social scene and of course, its fantastic transport links.

Can you swim in the Roman Baths?

Unfortunately, the answer to this is no. However, a visit to this ancient site should absolutely be on your itinerary, as it’s a fascinating experience and one that visitors to the city often rate as the best attraction in Bath.

Can I bathe in Bath?

Yes! You may not be able to swim in the Roman Baths, but you can (and should) head to the wonderfully indulgent Thermae Bath Spa with its naturally warm, mineral-rich waters and wide range of facilities and treatments.

What’s parking like in Bath?

Bath is known as a car-friendly city, with 3,500 spaces spread across 13 car parks and three Park & Ride services which cover the city centre. However, the city is very popular with tourists and can get quite busy around key events, which is why visitors may want to consider public transport to avoid parking stress. Bath is also very compact, so it’s easy to explore on foot.

What are the best things to see in Bath?

How long do you have? The city is bursting with exciting sights and sounds, but the most popular attractions in Bath include the Roman Baths, The Assembly Rooms, Bath Abbey, Pulteney Bridge, the Royal Crescent, the Circus, Holburne Museum, the Jane Austen Centre, the Fashion Museum, Royal Victoria Park and the American Museum in Britain.

What are the best places to eat in Bath?

The great news is that you’ll be spoilt for choice, as Bath has a nationally renowned foodie scene which really does offer something for everyone. Where to eat in Bath depends on the occasion and what you’re looking for, but TripAdvisor currently ranks Sotto Sotto, Menu Gordon Jones, Ole Tapas, The Circus Kitchen, La Perla, Chai Wallah and Jc’s Kitchen in the top 20 restaurants in Bath.

You can also find our favourite eateries here, in our personal recommendations for food in Bath. Yum!

Where to stay in Bath?

This is where we can help, as Bath Holiday Rentals has a fabulous choice of self-catering apartments right in the heart of the city centre – perfect for couples, groups and even large parties for those special occasions. Take a look here at the map to find your ideal home-from-home in Bath.