Getting to Bath Christmas Market
Bath Christmas Market is located in the city centre, just a five minute walk from Bath Spa train station and various car parks.
Travelling by Car
Bath is located just 20 miles from junction 18 of the M4 motorway, which runs direct from London and Heathrow Airport. There are also excellent motorway links from the North and Devon and Cornwall via the M5 motorway, whilst Wales is just a short drive west on the M4.
You can view a live update here of the spaces that are currently available at Bath’s main car parks.
During the Christmas Market’s peak times the roads and car parks can be busy so we highly recommend using one of Bath’s three park and ride services.
Park & Ride services in Bath
Bath is well served by three Park & Ride services that run seven days a week. Using any of the Park & Ride services takes just 10 minutes to get to the centre of Bath.
The Park and Ride will operate until 22.00 hours (except Sundays) during the Christmas Market. On each Saturday and Sunday there will be additional services. All sites will also benefit from additional ticket sellers, to cut queuing times.
Three routes operate into the city:
• Service 21 – Newbridge (Postcode BA1 3NB)
• Service 31 – Lansdown (Postcode BA1 9BJ)
• Service 41 – Odd Down (Postcode BA2 8PA)
Returns cost just £2.60 at weekends and Bank Holidays and £3.30 Monday to Friday, with free parking. A special Group ticket is available for £5.50 return allowing travel for two adults (Monday to Friday after 10am).
Travelling by Coach
There are several organised coach trips to Bath. Because of the popularity of the event we would recommend attending via this mode of transport.
Please be aware that there are major network railway works are being carried out on the Severn Tunnel over the first two weekends of the Christmas Market. Whilst rail replacement services will be in operation we would suggest a pre booked coach trip as an alternative.
Travelling by Train
Bath Spa train station is located in the centre of Bath. It is a short walk from the city’s shops and attractions. There are regular train services direct from London Paddington and London Waterloo to Bath Spa, with an average journey time of 90 minutes. Bristol Temple Meads is just 15 minutes away by train and is a major hub for travel to all other parts of the country. A number of services to Bath Spa will change at Bristol Temple Meads including services from northern England, Scotland, Devon and Cornwall.
Regular train services run from Cardiff Central train station to Bath Spa, with an average journey time of around 65 minutes. However, please be aware that there are major network railway works are being carried out on the Severn Tunnel over the first two weekends of this year’s Christmas Market. Whilst rail replacement services will be in operation we would suggest a pre booked coach trip as an alternative.
If you travel to Bath by train you can take advantage of Great Western Railway’s 2 for 1 offers at top Bath attractions and restaurants.
Travelling by Bus
Several bus operators provide services in and around Bath. First West of England is the largest, operating from the bus station in Dorchester Street, by Bath Spa train station.
Travelling around Bath by bus is easy with a number of routes from the centre to the city’s outer areas. Money saving deals on First bus services such as the FirstDay ticket offers unlimited travel in Bath Inner Zone for £4 adult, £2.80 16-21 year old or students in full time education (proof of age such as photo ID or college/university photo ID is required to obtain the discount) and £2 for children aged 5-15.
Children under five travel free with a fare paying adult or young person.
Key Dates and Road Closures
All businesses and residents affected by these closures will be supplied with vehicle passes which will permit them access by vehicle to the event site each day between 8am and 9.30am and some evenings from 6pm or 7pm until 8pm depending on the closing time of the event.
We are always happy to assist any pre-arranged access to the site as long as we are informed in advance of the requirement and it is safe to do so at that time.
Please direct any questions to: Christmas_Market@bathtourism.co.uk
Local Resident access and information
If you are a local business or resident, here are further details on access during the Bath Christmas Market for premises which maybe affected by the road closures which will be in operation:
Copies of this letter with a vehicle permit have been delivered to local businesses and premises in the immediate area surrounding the event footprint, but please contact email@example.com if you have not received a copy of the permit.
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