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Destination guide

Soak in a healing Roman mineral bath near a Bath cottage

Known for its Roman baths, Bath is a great spot for a relaxing holiday in a Somerset cottage. The city is named for its healing mineral springs that come from deep limestone, and the former site of the Roman bathing complex is now a remarkable museum that offers a glimpse into life thousands of years ago. In addition to the springs, Bath also has historic sites like the Bath Abbey and Royal Crescent and gorgeous parklands like Prior Park Landscape Garden and Royal Victoria Park. You’ll have plenty of options for things to do and see, whether you prefer cultured experiences or outdoor excursions.

 
History

Historical sites near Bath holiday cottages

Bath has a history stretching back millennia, so local holiday cottages are bound to be near some iconic historical sites. One of the most popular is the 18th-century Pulteney Bridge. Unlike the surrounding architecture, this bridge is notably Italian as its design is based on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence. It’s even bathed in light at night, offering particularly enthralling views. Of course, no trip to Bath would be complete without a visit to the iconic Bath Abbey. Its Victorian Gothic design truly highlights this place of worship that’s been used as such for over 1,000 years. The only historical sites more iconic than the abbey would have to be the Roman baths themselves. While you can’t enter the water, visitors are free to tour the sites and marvel at the numerous artefacts preserved from the Roman period.

Activities

Activities and attractions in and around Bath

Are you hoping to discover things to do while you're in the area? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable holiday rental, you'll want to check out everything that makes Bath a fun spot to go on holiday. Here are some of the most popular attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • We The Curious (11.4 mi / 18.3 km)
  • Bristol Zoo (12.7 mi / 20.4 km)
  • Thermae Bath Spa (0.1 mi / 0.2 km)
  • Recreation Ground (0.3 mi / 0.5 km)
  • Bath Approach Golf Course (0.6 mi / 1 km)
  • Bath Lawn Tennis Club (0.8 mi / 1.4 km)
Natural features

Exploring the gardens and other natural features in Bath

Whether you're an active traveller or just want to take in the scenery, Bath is a great place to get outside. These are a few of the area's most enchanting sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Wookey Hole (17.1 mi / 27.5 km)
  • Cheddar Gorge and Caves (18.8 mi / 30.2 km)
  • Parade Gardens (0.2 mi / 0.3 km)
  • Henrietta Park (0.3 mi / 0.4 km)
  • Recreation Ground (0.3 mi / 0.5 km)
  • Georgian Garden (0.3 mi / 0.5 km)
How to get there

How to get to and around Bath

The nearest airport is in Bristol (BRS-Bristol Intl.), located 14.8 mi (23.9 km) from the city centre.

If you prefer to travel by train, Bath Spa Station, Oldfield Park Station and Freshford Station are the main stations in the city.

How to get around

Transport to and around Bath holiday homes

Holiday homes in Bath are easy to reach, as numerous transport options converge at Somerset’s largest city. The closest airport is in Bristol, so expect to travel about 20 miles after you land to reach Bath proper. If you’re driving, Bath is conveniently located just off Junction 18 on the M4, while nearby access to the M5 links to numerous surrounding communities like Cornwall and Devon. Several bus lines are available as well that can take you to Bath from destinations all across the U.K. If you take the train, you can get off at Bath Spa Railway Station, located right in the city’s centre. Once you’re in town, there’s a park-and-ride system if you drove, along with bus routes and taxis.

Can I find a vacation rental around Bath?

Yes, our 2021 property listings offer a large selection of 826 vacation rentals near Bath. From 201 cottages to 461 houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Bath for a holiday or a weekend are on Vrbo.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Bath?

Vrbo UK offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Bath. From Vrbo UK travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Bath (QQX-Bath Spa Train Station): 1,027 vacation rentals
  • Thermae Bath Spa: 1,026 vacation rentals
  • Freshford Station: 1,010 vacation rentals
  • Pulteney Bridge: 1,012 vacation rentals
  • SouthGate Bath: 1,029 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Bath listed on Vrbo UK where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cottages in Bath?

Yes, of course. Vrbo UK has 201 Cottages in Bath. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Bath include:

  • Houses: 461 rentals available
  • Flats: 309 rentals available
  • Cabins: 201 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Barns and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Bath?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 14 vacation rentals with pool available in Bath. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.