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Day Trip To Bath By Rail

Let’s start with a simple question, how many of you have witnessed historic city London. Chances are if you are from England you probably have visited this city at least once in your lifetime but if you are from anywhere else in the world and planning to visit London then Day Trip Bath should be in your list. This place offers heaps of old British charm along with some things you may not think of as being classically English – namely a sophisticated vibe. The key attraction to visitors is that this place originates from two periods. The natural resource of a hot spring from the waters of the surrounding Cotswold Hills was a great attraction to the Romans when they invaded England about 2,000 years ago. The resulting Roman Baths are the biggest single attraction for visitors here. Today the charm of this place emanates from that time. There is so much to see and do in and around, and yet one day is enough to explore this place.

BEST WAY TO REACH BATH

The city of Bath is about 115 miles (185 kms) from Central London. This place is not particularly dominated by any one attraction though the Roman Baths are the single most popular attractions. Located in the South West of England, Bath is easy to reach, just 90 minutes from London Paddington station by train and a short drive from both the M4 and M5 motorways. Bath Spa train, coach and bus stations are both in the heart of the city centre, which is of a compact centre and best explored on foot if possible. Frequent trains run from London’s Paddington station taking approximately 90 minutes to do the journey. There are normally two trains an hour operating up until very late evening. The station at Bath is formally called Bath Spa. It is very central, only 5-10 minute walks from the Roman Baths. By leaving London after 09:30 during weekdays you can purchase day return tickets much cheaper than prior. At weekends, cheap fares are available at all times. Note, visiting Bath using a guided tour from London will be little different in price to going independently and you will also stop off somewhere like Stonehenge or Windsor as well. Downside is none of the tours stay longer than 3 hours in Bath, most a lot less than that.

ROMAN BATHS

The Roman Baths at Bath are the single biggest attraction for visitors coming to Bath. If you visit as part of a tour group the Roman Baths will normally be included in your itinerary. The Roman Baths are right in the centre of Bath within the main shopping area and next to Bath Abbey and the Tourist Office. The Baths are only about 5 minute walks from the train and bus stations. Tour buses drop off very close to the Roman Baths behind Bath Abbey. You can walk to all the major other attractions in Bath within minutes. Around Britain’s only hot spring, the Romans built a magnificent temple and bathing complex that still flows with natural hot water. You will see the water’s source and walk where Romans walked on the ancient stone pavements and of course see the baths themselves.

RETURN TO LONDON

You can end your journey by returning back to Bath Spa Station and board a train for the arrival at Paddington Station. Once you reach Paddington Station you can explore this area as well and can get yourself accommodated at Park Grand Paddington Court Hotel.

HIGHLIGHTS

For a day trip to bath by rail  first you need to book return rail tickets. From there you will get Hop on Hop off open bus tour to explore the sights of bath. Hop on Hop off bus tour commentary available in the following languages: English, Spanish, French, Italian, Russian, German, Japanese, Polish, Cantonese and Mandarin. You do not really need a Hop On Hop Off  bus from a logistical sense, although there is a tour option that offers a Bath skyline tour outside the city of Bath.

SCHEDULE

The tour will be operated all weekdays except Sunday. You need to board train from London Paddington Station till bath station. Check in time to board the train from Paddington Station is 9.00 am, train will depart at 9.30 am. It will take around 1.30 hr to reach bath. Returning way back from bath will take same time around 1.30 hr for this you can check in at bath station around 6.30 pm and train will depart at 6.43 pm and will arrive at London Paddington station around 8.14 pm.

ATTRACTIONS FOR YOUR DAY AT BATH PROPERLY

Trains take you to the Bath Spa train station right in the heart of town – first stop should be the Bath Tourist Information Center right near the Cathedral and Roman Baths, two primo Bath sites – most sites you will want to see are indeed in a very compact area and the few out of town a few miles are linked by the open-top double-decker buses that circulate constantly around Bath, stopping at all main sites – hop on hop off buses you buy a ticket on for the whole day – you can also get this right from the Bath Spa train station but you should head up to tourist info first to pick up a town map and self-guided walking tour.

Catch as early train as you possibly can out of London and spend all day in Bath. A guide book or the tourist office can give little maps/key sights. Also, check out  to decide what sights to prioritize and map out a loop so you can sight see efficiently and leisurely without too much zig zagging. There is a lot to see in one long day so you may have to prioritize some things especially since many attractions close between 5-6pm. As well as the large parks and open spaces, you’ll find many charming, tucked-away gardens dotted around the capital so you can explore secret garden of London if you are left with some time. This city will offer you some cool events like Classic Cupcakes Decorating Class and at the end if you are left with some more time you can be a part I fords Art Festival event which take place near to Bath.

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