About the Campus

Based in a series of Georgian-era buildings in the heart of the city, the Bath campus is an eclectic mix of the very old and very new, reflecting the courses we teach.

About the City

Bath is a town set in the rolling countryside of south-west England, known for its natural hot springs and 18th-century Georgian architecture. Honey-coloured Bath stone has been used extensively in the town’s architecture, including at Bath Abbey, noted for its fan-vaulting, tower and large stained-glass windows. The museum at the site of the original Roman-era Baths includes The Great Bath, statues and a temple.

Bath is beautiful. There’s no other word for it. It’s the only city in England to qualify as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is home to some of the country’s most stunning architecture. For the history buffs, there’s the Roman Baths, Pulteney Bridge, Royal Crescent and Bath Abbey, and for lovers of Classic Georgian style, there’s the Thermae Bath Spa.

If literature is your thing, you might be interested to learn that Jane Austen lived here at one point, basing two novels, including the famous Northanger Abbey, on the city.

Fast forward to present day and The City of Bath is a buzzing cultural hub, with award-winning restaurants, boutique and high-street stores, great nightclubs, cinemas, plus a huge array of live music and comedy venues.

And pubs of course. Let’s not forget the pubs; many of which are featured regularly in The Good Pub Guide.

Bath is also a famous festival city, both mainstream and fringe, including the International Music Festival, Bath Film Festival, Bath Literature Festival and Shakespeare Unplugged. Many of our students are heavily involved in performing at these festivals.

A World Heritage City

While Bath has the unique distinction of being England's only World Heritage City, it is also an exciting and lively city with plenty for you to see and do on a student budget. Whether it's high culture or fun culture that you want, Bath offers it all! Its beauty and historical significance attract visitors from all over the world. The surrounding seven hills and the towers of Bath Abbey create a stunning impression on arrival.

As a student, though, you will get the chance to explore beyond the major tourist attractions and discover the hidden wealth of interesting and inexpensive shops, markets, cafes and restaurants. Bath is easy to reach, whether you are on the Sion Hill campus (within walking distance of the centre), or the Newton Park campus (where a bus service runs regularly from the campus into the town centre, into the early hours of the morning).

Famous for its Roman Baths, romantic riverside and elegant Georgian architecture, Bath boasts some of the most beautiful architectural masterpieces in Europe. The Royal Crescent, the Circus, the Abbey, the Pump Rooms and the Assembly Rooms are all essential features on any visitor's itinerary. And yet Bath is far more than a historical monument - it is bustling with life and entertainment.

If you enjoy visiting art galleries or museums, Bath has plenty to offer - no less than seventeen, in fact! The Victoria Art Gallery hosts one of the best programmes of temporary exhibitions in the region, and other galleries hold collections including East Asian Art, sculpture and ceramics. Bath's museums cover subjects as diverse as costume, the postal system, and antique books. The Jane Austen Centre tells the tale of the city's most famous resident.

Art, craft and design fairs are permanent fixtures on the events calendar, and are fascinating whether you're a collector or a browser.

Tourist Information from Visit Bath

Buildings and Venues

Location Map

Directions by Car

You can park your car in the Charlotte Street car-park and easily walk to the city centre.

  • From the M4 motorway, join the A46 southbound at junction 18;
  • After 9 miles, descending the hill into the Avon valley, leave the A46 and at the roundabout, take the third exit onto the A4 into Bath;
  • After one mile, at traffic lights (by A36 turn-off), get into the right-hand lane and proceed straight ahead along the A4;
  • Take second exit at mini-roundabout along the A4 The Paragon;
  • At traffic lights (by Lansdown Road turn-off), proceed straight ahead along the A4 George Street;
  • At end of George Street, turn left following the A4 along Gay Street towards Queens Square;
  • Exit Queens Square onto the A4 Queens Square Place and Charlotte Street;
  • Turn right into the Charlotte Street car-park.
  • Collect a ticket for your vehicle and proceed on foot, exiting the car-park back onto Queens Square Place.

Directions by Public Transport

Travel by Train

Train services to Bath operate from the following railway stations:

A journey from London to Bath takes roughly 1 hour and 35 minutes, and from Bristol it's just 15 minutes.

Bath Spa railway station is next to the bus station in the centre of the city.

Travel by Bus

Bath benefits from excellent public transport infrastructure within both the population centres and through to the wider geographical areas of Wiltshire, Somerset and Bristol.

National Express coaches travel to Bath from many major cities in the UK. You can contact their ticket booking line on 08705 808080.

First Bus operate services into Bath from locations as far afield as Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire and Bristol.

For further information on the local First Bus services please follow the links below:

Please note that whilst the information on this page is reviewed periodically it is subject to change and therefore if you are travelling to Bath from some distance away, you may want to check the national travelline website.

Whilst Bath is a great place to live and study in it also becomes extremely busy and therefore you should always look to plan ahead and consider and journey times with care. The following Twitter links are regularly updated with journey time information and we would recommend that you subscribe to them so that you can be informed of updates.