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Travelling to our Open Days

Find out about the best ways to travel to our Claverton Down campus for an Open Day.

A Student Ambassador helps visitors on an Open Day
Student Ambassadors in red T-shirts will be at the train and bus stations to give you directions.

There are many ways to travel to our campus, which is about two miles from the city centre.

The roads in and around Bath are generally quite busy and will be even more congested on Open Days. You should allow extra time for your journey, or you could consider staying in Bath the night before to avoid the busiest travel times and get to know the city.

Travelling to Bath by train

Our nearest train station is Bath Spa.

Train journeys to Bath1 take about:

  • 15 minutes from Bristol
  • 1 hour 10 minutes from Cardiff
  • 1 hour 20 minutes from London
  • 2 hours from Birmingham
  • 3 hours 45 minutes from Manchester

Check for possible travel disruptions when you plan your journey and before you travel.

From Bath Spa, you can catch the free Open Days bus to the University. You can also find a taxi rank directly outside the train station.

Travelling from the city centre by bus

You can catch a free Open Days bus to our campus from Brunel Square on Dorchester Street, between the train and bus stations.

Buses will run every 10 minutes and should take about 20 minutes depending on the traffic.

Look out for our Student Ambassadors and staff members, wearing red T-shirts – they will be happy to direct you and answer any questions you have.

Driving to Bath

Parking at a park and ride

You can avoid traffic in the town centre by using one of the city's park-and-ride services.

You can catch a free Open Days bus directly to the University from Lansdown Park & Ride. If you park at Newbridge or Odd Down, you need to pay for the bus to Bath Bus Station.

Lansdown Park & Ride

Lansdown Park & Ride is about seven miles from M4 junction 18, Bath's nearest motorway. It's the closest park and ride to our campus.

For Lansdown Park & Ride, enter the postcode BA1 9BJ into your satnav.

You can park at Lansdown Park & Ride for free and take the free Open Days bus directly to the University.

These buses run every 10 minutes. Student Ambassadors and staff members, in red T-shirts, can direct you to the bus stop and answer questions.

To park for free, register online or download the MiPermit app from:

You should download the app and arrange your free parking in advance.

When you've registered:

  1. Go to
  2. Log in using the account details you used to register.
  3. Select 'Buy Digital Permits' from the menu.
  4. Scroll down to 'University Open Day Permits' and click on that.

On the 'Purchase University Permits' page:

  1. Choose the date you want to use the park and ride.
  2. Add your vehicle registration number.
  3. Add the code Autumn09 where it says 'Token Number'.
  4. Click 'Finish'.

Newbridge Park & Ride

If you park at Newbridge Park & Ride, you need to pay for the bus to Bath Bus Station.

For Newbridge Park & Ride, enter the postcode BA1 3NB into your satnav.

Odd Down Park & Ride

If you park at Odd Down Park & Ride, you need to pay for the bus to Bath Bus Station.

For Odd Down Park & Ride, enter the postcode BA2 8PA into your satnav.

Parking on campus

Before driving to the Open Day, check for local roadworks and travel information.

Bath’s nearest motorway link is junction 18 on the M4, about 10 miles from the University.

To navigate to the University, use the postcode BA2 7PJ in your satnav or 'admiral.salads.ages' on what3words.

When you arrive at the campus, use the east entrance on Claverton Down Road (turning onto Norwood Avenue), then follow signs to visitor parking. Our Security and Parking team will be there to direct you.

Parking on campus is free on University Open Days.

Electric vehicle parking

There are a limited number of electric vehicle charging points around campus. You need to pay to use these. Read our guide to electric vehicle parking on campus for details.

If you park at a charging point, please move your vehicle when it's charged so others can use it.

Find other charging points in Bath.

Arriving by minibus or coach

If you're coming by minibus, please let us know in advance so our Security team can expect you.

Contact us at and we'll provide you with a parking permit.

If you're driving a group to campus on a contracted coach, you must drop off your passengers as directed and collect them at an arranged time. We don't have coach parking facilities on campus.

Don't park coaches on local streets.

Find coach parking in Bath.

Accessible routes and parking

If you have a disability and need assistance, call us on 01225 385985 or email to make arrangements.

Use our campus accessibility map to find disabled parking and wheelchair access on campus. 

If you need information on the day, go to the Disability Contact Point at the Information Point by the campus bus terminus.

Find out more about campus accessibility.

Bath Clean Air Zone

Bath operates a charging Clean Air Zone in the city centre.

Cleveland Bridge weight restriction

Cleveland Bridge, off London Road in the centre of Bath, is only accessible to cars and other vehicles weighing under 18 tonnes.

You can't use Cleveland Bridge if you're travelling by coach.

Storing your luggage

If you're travelling with luggage and would like to leave it somewhere for the day, there are luggage storage businesses near Bath Spa train station. Look online for prices and booking information.

Help on the day

Our Student Ambassadors and members of staff, wearing red T-shirts, will be at the train station, bus station, Lansdown Park & Ride, and on campus to help you on the day. They can help you get around and answer any questions you have.

Finding somewhere to stay

If you're planning to visit Bath for more than one day, there are lots of places to stay.

It's important to book in advance.

See Visit Bath for more information.


If you have any questions, please contact us.

  1. Based on journey times from National Rail