Bus travel to Bath with megabus

Discover Bath with megabus

If you’re planning a coach trip to Bath, you’re going to have a hard time deciding where to start. Sure, the city’s famous Roman Baths are an absolute must – as is an al fresco rooftop swim at the Thermae Bath Spa opposite. But you’ve also got Bath Abbey to explore, and architectural feats like the Royal Crescent to photograph. Then there’s the incredible shopping to factor in, not to mention all the chic bars and five-star pubs you’ll need to find time for. Sound tempting? Here’s our insider’s guide to the beautiful city of Bath, the top attractions to visit while you’re here, and the best places to eat and drink when you need to re-fuel. We’ve done the research, so you can get on with enjoying your trip.

Bath: top 3 things to do

1. Visit the Roman Baths

The city’s preserved Roman Baths aren’t just famous in Britain – they’re one of the best examples of their kind on the planet. Get here early if you’re visiting at the weekend, as demand for the audio tours is understandably high. Afterwards, sample the health-giving spa water in the next-door Pump Room Restaurant.

2. Swim on the rooftop at Thermae Bath Spa

There aren’t many experiences that compare to a swim in the rooftop pool at the Thermae Bath Spa. With a prime position on Bath’s skyline, this steaming pool is surrounded by glass panels so you can look out over the city below. Book a twilight session and watch the sun sink below the horizon as you swim.

3. Peer inside Bath Abbey

Stepping inside Bath Abbey is like hitting the pause button. And whether you’re here for the architecture or the ambience, it won’t disappoint. Book onto a tour of the bell towers – the top one has some of the city’s best views. Donations are suggested at £4 for adults and £2 for children.

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Bath: getting around

Book coach travel to Bath with megabus and there are certain things you can expect with your ticket. That usually includes the use of free WiFi* on the coach, plus a 20kg luggage allowance. You can find out more about what’s included on our onboard facilities page.

Once you arrive, the Bath Visitor Information Centre next to Bath Abbey is a good place to start. Download a map or pick up a paper copy and the city is your oyster.

Lots of the attractions are easily walkable – start at the Roman Baths in the centre and you’ve got things like Bath Abbey and the Theatre Royal within easy reach. A lot of the streets are pedestrianised, too, which makes things even easier. And there are plenty of places to hire bikes, plus good cycle routes, if you fancy getting from A to B on two wheels.

If you want to head out further, Bath bus station is right next to the city’s train station. Places like Bristol, Stonehenge and Cirencester are a bus or train ride away.

Bath: best for nightlife

If you’re a University of Bath student, you’ll already know about the city’s cracking nightlife scene. And if not, you’re about to find out. Try somewhere like Sub 13, an ultra-chic cellar bar with amazing cocktails and a nice courtyard. Although it’s garnered a reputation as Bath’s number-one cocktail bar, it’s more like a club at the weekends thanks to DJs and a 3am closing time. But if you’re after a more serene evening altogether, book in for an after-dark spa session at the Thermae Bath Spa. The view of the city’s twinkling lights from the steaming rooftop pool will give you goosebumps. 

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Bath for free: our top 3

1. Go on a self-guided city walk

Spend a couple of hours exploring this incredible city without spending a penny – all you need to do is download a guide and wear some decent footwear. All grand Georgian architecture and honey-hued Bath stone buildings, it’s no wonder the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

2. Soak up the city views from Alexandra Park

Look south from the city centre and you’ll notice a huge hill just past the river. At the top is Alexandra Park, a leafy green expanse that – thanks to its position – affords some incredible views of Bath. Access to the park is from Shakespeare Avenue, and the best time to visit is at sunset.

3. Cross Pulteney Bridge

Britain’s answer to the Ponte Vecchio in Italy, Pulteney Bridge is a beautiful place to visit – whether you want to cross the River Avon or not. The bridge itself is lined with curious little shops and a few cafés, and the weir beneath makes a great photo-stop. It’s even more striking at night, when the whole thing is lit up to perfection.   

Book your travel to Bath today using our journey planner at the top of the page.

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