TRAVEL AND CULTURE
As the Romans found, Bath is ideally placed. It’s easy to reach too, so you’re never too far from home.
Bath Spa Railway Station is in the heart of the city, and there are regular, direct trains to and from London. In 2017 the journey time from London to Bath will be significantly reduced once the electrification of the line from London to the West Country is complete. There are also regular trains to Bristol, Swindon and Cardiff, and a change at Bristol Temple Meads can connect you with services to Devon, Cornwall, Northern England or Scotland.
By car, London and Heathrow Airport are connected by the M4; Somerset Place is just 10 minutes from Junction 18. The M5 also passes nearby, which will take you south to Devon and Cornwall, or north towards the Midlands.
Bristol Airport, just 20 miles from Bath, serves more than 100 destinations worldwide.
To be in Bath is to bathe in culture. It’s all around, in the streets, buildings and places that have raised and inspired artists including Thomas Gainsborough and Jane Austen, and architects such as Robert Adam. There was a golden age for Bath, when it became the hub of English fashionable life, and it has never lost its reputation as a cultural and historic centre.
In its theatres, there are productions regularly featuring world-famous companies and directors, and an annual season by Sir Peter Hall. The Bath International Music Festival in May and June kicks off the summer with performances and workshops in every genre. The city’s literature and film festivals have also become major dates in the city’s diary.
As well as the Roman Baths, the city is home to the Victoria Art Gallery and the newly refurbished Holburne Museum of Art, the Fashion Museum, Bath Postal Museum, the Jane Austen Centre and the Herschel Museum of Astronomy.