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Bath free stuff and guideFacts, Figures & Free stuff!

So you've made it to Bath - here are some of our top picks and handy tips to make your weekend one of the best!

Getting In and Out

By Train

Bath is really well connected by train and the station takes a handy, prominent position right at the city's edge. London is a short journey away, taking only an hour or so and connecting to other parts of the country is a cinch.

By Coach

A selected couple of routes run with national coach companies to the bus station on Dorchester Street in Bath, which is right next to the train station. Coaches are a top budget travel choice, so opt in if you can.

By Car

It is possible to get in to Bath by car by taking junction 18 off the M4, but if you ask us, it's not really recommended to drive right into the centre. The city of Bath isn't very motor friendly as it's narrow, winding, congested and easy to get lost and using the many local park and ride facilities is actively encouraged.

Entertainment Venues

Theatre Royal

The Theatre Royal was once a hotbed of debauchery and fun in days gone by and today it's host to a wide variety of great performances, often welcoming London shows pre-tour which are headlined by really big names in the entertainment industry. A great night out where cheaper ticket prices are often up for grabs on the day of the show itself.

Komedia

One of the finest comedy and entertainment venues in the South West and Wales, Komedia should be your number one when night falls! Boogie down on the massive dance floor to arguably the best tunes in the city and listen to top class comedy and incredible live music.

Little Theatre

If you're a little tired of the usual chain cinemas which populate every city and town in the UK, then the Little is the perfect antidote. The Little Theatre is just that - small in terms of screen and room size, but also in ticket price. Pick up a round from the onsite bar and sup whilst you watch trendy arthouse films or the latest releases.

Moles

Moles is a club on George Street which hosts not only seriously cool club nights which welcome top quality DJs and trendy music types, but also live sets from a tonne of really amazing bands. Did you know that The Smiths even played here once upon a time?

Sports

Rugby

Bath is probably best known for its rugby squad where sports are concerned. Bath Rugby plays Rugby Union in the Aviva Premiership league and have won numerous titles over their 148 year history. Home matches are played at their city centre ground named the Recreation Ground or ‘The Rec’ to locals and supporters flock from miles around in their distinctive blue and black livery to cheer on their fantastic team.

Football

It has to be said that rugby tends to overshadow football in this city, but Bath City FC still play at the Twerton football ground and compete in the 6th tier of English football, the Conference South. Interestingly however, Team Bath, the 1st football team from the University of Bath, are the only university squad to have reached the FA cup in 120 years and they advanced through 4 qualifying rounds. It was announced in 2009 that they would not be allowed to compete any longer.

Marathon

One of the biggest half marathons in the south takes place in Bath, creatively titled the Bath Half. Every year, the streets fill with hundreds and thousands of keen runners, from the elite to the fancy dressed and it often welcomes big celebrity names like Dermot O’Leary and Greg James. If you’re about, it’s well worth a look – give those Bathonians a cheer!

Because the best things in life are free…

We understand that Bath can get a little pricey at times, so here are our picks for the very best things to do in the city absolutely gratis.

The Mayor’s Tours

An organisation named the Mayor’s Honorary Guides is made up of generous locals who give up their time to show tourists and visitors around the city for free! Wait for a tour at 10.30 or 14.00 every day of the year between Sunday and Friday outside the Pump Rooms. Get ready to be dazzled by amazing local knowledge!

Holburne Museum

If you’re not averse to a little art and culture, then the grade 1 listed Holborn Museum is well worth a look. Simply head down great Pultney Street and get in for free! There are plenty of permanent collections of oddities collected by the house’s original owner Sir William Holburne himself, who generously donated the lot to the city.

Park Life

When the weather’s fine, Royal Victoria Park in town could hardly be a better place to soak up those West Country rays. Check out the nearby Royal Crescent, the Queen’s Obelisk and bask on the manicured lawns of Bath’s most famous green space. The Parade gardens just next to Pultney Bridge require a small fee to get in on most days, but it’s so worth it – chill out next to the water and appreciate the many artistic sculptures which are scattered around. 



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