Many visitors come for the spa waters and the thermal Bath Spa in the city's heart is the only place in the UK where one can bathe in naturally warm, mineral rich waters. It has an open-air rooftop pool with stunning views over the city, steam rooms and many spa treatments and packages.
The Roman Baths, constructed around 70 AD, have been preserved to a high standard and are a prime example of the skills of their builders. An audio guide in many languages takes visitors through the fascinating history and steaming spring water fills the huge bathing site daily.
One of the best ways to get a feel for the city is by taking an open top bus tour. Seeing the architectural gems from the top of the bus adds a different sense of proportion to being at ground level.
Jane Austen was Bath's most famous resident, and the Jane Austen Centre offers a snapshot of all the things that would have inspired her Regency novels – the society, fashion and food.
Museum buffs have 17 museums to choose from, and for those who are fascinated by architecture, Bath Abbey's interior is a magnificent example of Victorian Gothic by Sir George Gilbert Scott.
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How to find the cheapest train tickets to Bath
Finding cheap train tickets to Bath is probably easier than you might think. Not only that but there are more ways than one to travel to Bath by train for less and we've highlighted them below. Whether you are getting a train to Bath for work or leisure, our journey planner can help you find the cheapest available tickets on the days you want to travel.
You can get cheap train tickets to Bath by using a national Railcard. If you travel more than a few times a year, buying an eligible Railcard can allow you to save up to 1/3 off the price of your train tickets*, meaning you can spend more on food, somewhere to stay and entertainment during your time in this wonderful ancient city. To see the different types of Railcards, eligibility requirements and to purchase one online, check out our Railcards page.
Book early and pay less by getting an Advance ticket. In most cases, the earlier you book Advance tickets, the more you will benefit from cheap fares to Bath. Advance tickets typically go on sale 12 weeks in advance, so if you're off to Bath for a step back in time or to visit friends and family, be on the lookout for “Advance tickets” when you search for tickets using our Journey Planner, or sign up to our Ticket alert to find out as soon as your tickets go on sale. Make sure you book these tickets as early as possible, because the longer you wait, the more the price could go up.
If your travel times aren't set in stone, why not travel during Off-Peak periods, or buy Return train tickets instead of two singles or catch the train in a group of three to nine people and benefit from a GroupSave discount. To find out more, visit our train tickets types page and discover other useful ways to get the best value train fares.
Want even more handy hints on how to save money on train tickets? Look at our cheap train tickets page.
*Conditions and peak travel time exclusions may apply on some railcard types.