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.
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).
There will be extended Park & Ride services over the Christmas period, which can be viewed on the First Group website.
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.
You can get direct trains to Bath Spa from a number of destinations in the UK including Cardiff. Regular train services run from Cardiff Central train station to Bath Spa, with an average journey time of around 65 minutes. If you travel to Bath by train you can take advantage of First Great Western’s 2 for 1 offers at top Bath attractions and restaurants. Train services can be busy during the Christmas Market, so First Great Western will be running additional services on Saturdays, please find a list of these below (please note these times do not include regular train services, just additional).
Find out about Bath Christmas Market Additional Train Services here.
Travelling by Bus
Several bus operators provide services in and around Bath. First West of England is the largest and operates from the bus station in Dorchester Street, adjacent to Bath Spa train station.
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* or £2 for children aged 5-15. Children under five travel free with a fare paying adult or young person.
Travelling by Coach
National Express provides good value coach travel linking all major towns and cities in Europe. Frequent services run from London Victoria coach station, London Heathrow Airport and London Gatwick Airport to Bath bus station.
Key Dates and Road Closures
The event build begins on Monday 16th November, from this date until 6am on Thursday 17th December the full length of York Street will be closed to vehicles.
From Monday 23rd November to 6am on Thursday 17th December various roads will be closed to vehicles. More information will be available shortly.
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.
Some of our favourites in Bath this Christmas
Georgie Porgies Puddings
George established Georgie Porgies Puddings with the help of the Princes Trust loan 1994. Twenty years on his passion and flare has built up a family run company.
Stay Somewhere QuirkyFrom £65
Looking for somewhere to stay in Bath with a bit of a difference? Try one of the many unusual holiday lettings in the area for a unique alternative.
Do it yourself kits including makery books.
Bath Abbey Tower Tour & Tea
With this package you can combine sightseeing and eating out in Bath.