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Travelling to our Open Days

Find out 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.

Using public transport

We recommend travelling by public transport as routes into the city are very busy with traffic on Open Days. Consider staying in Bath the night before to avoid the busiest travel time and get to know the city.

Travelling 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

You can get a bus or a taxi from the train station to the University. Our Student Ambassadors and staff members, wearing red T-shirts, will be there on Open Days to direct you.

Travelling by bus

First bus company runs services from Bath city centre to the University.

There is a bus stop opposite the bus station on Dorchester Street. Student Ambassadors and staff members, wearing red T-shirts, will be there on Open Days to direct you.

Bus journeys to the University from the city centre take about 20 minutes, depending on traffic.

Read more about travelling to the University by bus.

Using the park and ride

Bath has several park and ride services that will take you to the city centre. From the centre, you can get a bus or taxi to the campus.

There are park and ride services from:

  • Lansdown – use BA1 9BJ in your satnav for Lansdown Park & Ride
  • Odd Down – use BA2 8PA in your satnav for Odd Down Park & Ride
  • Newbridge – use BA1 3NB in your satnav for Newbridge Park & Ride

Find out more about park and ride locations, times, and ticket prices.

Driving to campus

The roads in and around Bath are usually busy but will be even more congested on Open Days.

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

Bath Clean Air Zone (CAZ)

Bath operates a charging Clean Air Zone (CAZ) in the city centre. Check if charges apply to your vehicle.

Current delays when using Cleveland Bridge

There is currently repair work being done to Cleveland Bridge, off London Road in the centre of Bath.

The bridge is only accessible to cars, motorbikes, and bikes, and traffic management measures are causing significant delays. You should plan your journey and allow plenty of extra time if you plan to use Cleveland Bridge.

You cannot use Cleveland Bridge if you're coming to campus by minibus or coach. Check the diversion routes in place.

Arriving by car

When you arrive on campus, use the east entrance on Claverton Down Road, BA2 7AY, then follow the signs to visitor parking.

Parking on campus is free on University Open Days.

Visitors to campus with electric vehicles

If you park at one of the campus charging points during Open Day, please move your vehicle to another parking spot once it is charged so other visitors with electric vehicles can use the facility, too.

Arriving by minibus or coach

If you're coming as a group by minibus, please let us know in advance so our Security team expects you. Please contact us at to arrange this. We'll provide you with a parking permit.

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

Find coach parking in Bath. Please don't park coaches on local streets.

Accessible routes and parking

We aim to make our Open Days as accessible as possible for all of our visitors. If you have a disability and require assistance you can call us on 01225 385985 or email to make arrangements.

The accessibility map shows locations of disabled parking and wheelchair access on campus. Find out more about campus accessability.

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

Leaving your luggage

If you're travelling with luggage and would like to leave it somewhere for the day, there are luggage storage businesses near the 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, and on campus to help you on the day. They can help you get around and answer any questions you might have.

Staying on campus

If you'd like to experience more of campus life and stay somewhere convenient for the Open Day, you can book University accommodation on campus.

All bedrooms include:

  • bedding
  • fresh towels
  • toiletries
  • en-suite bathrooms
  • tea and coffee making facilities
  • high-speed Wi-Fi
  • kitchen and communal areas

All rooms are sold with breakfast and campus bedrooms are sold with dinner too.

Free parking is available on campus all weekend.

Book bed and breakfast or self-catering accommodation in Bath.

Staying in the city

There are lots of places to stay in Bath but 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.