Bath is found in the county of Somerset, in the southwest of England. Its name comes from the iconic Roman baths, dating back to its period of being a popular spa town. It was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987, and its recent rise in culture and arts has made it a major tourist site, attracting millions of visitors per year.
Celebrating seventy years since its inception, The Bath Festival 2018 is a must-see for anyone who wants to combine art, culture and history into one event. With a focus on literature and music, this multi-arts festival will feature over 100 performers from an array of genres including comedian and author Robert Webb (Peep Show) and musicians such as Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) and Professor Green.
With the success of last year’s festival, it’s first as a multi-arts event, the 2018 Bath Festival is sure to surpass its previous installment with performances and events running over a 17-day period, a week more than last year’s festival.
The Bath Festival will take place from the 11th to the 27th of May in various locations throughout the historic city. If you’re travelling by train or bus from London to Bath, the journey will take between 1.5 and 2.5 hours.
Just 20 miles away from Bath, Bristol Airport is the easiest way to fly into Bath. The airport operates many flight services across Europe, particularly with budget airlines Ryanair and EasyJet, as well as Thomson airways. The A4 bus runs regularly between Bristol Airport and Bath Bus Station.
Bath Spa railway station is the city’s main public transport connection with the rest of the country, receiving many daily services from London and Bristol, as well as the southern and western coasts of England. Visitors coming from further afield will most likely change in London.
Bath Bus Station receives National Express services from across the country, making it a convenient city to access by bus (perhaps thanks to its role as a major tourist hub). It is often a calling stop on buses to Bristol coming from the north, and has many daily services to London.
The city of Bath is relatively small, particularly the centre where most of the popular tourist spots are, and so much of the city can be accessed on foot. A park and ride system was recently introduced to discourage drivers in the city, and really there’s little need for a car. The bus company ‘First’ also operates many lines that extend across Bath and its surroundings.