Travelling By Road / Car
Planning your journey to Bath via car and road? We hope this quick guide useful:
ARRIVING IN BATH BY CAR
Bath is 10 miles from junction 18 of the M4 motorway running direct from London and Heathrow Airport. There are excellent motorway links from the North, Devon and Cornwall via the M5 motorway. Wales is a short drive west on the M4 motorway.
For up to date guidance on parking, we recommend using the Bath & North East Somerset Council website, as they always have the best information on local Pay & Display Car Parks in Bath. Their website can be found at the following address: www.bathnes.gov.uk
Bath is well served by four Park & Ride services and thirteen car parks as well as additional on-street parking. Bath is also a World Heritage Site so please take care when you are driving around the city. There are a number of one way streets and bus gates in operation, but these should be marked on local maps and roads.
There is a limited amount of on-street parking in Bath. Charges apply from 08.00 to 19.00, Monday to Saturday and clearly marked signposts indicate maximum stay. Pay and display machines are in operation on the roadside and prices start from £1.20-£1.40 for 30 minutes and then 50p per 15 minutes thereafter. Charges do not apply on Sundays and Bank Holidays.
Bath and North East Somerset Council operate a Blue Badge scheme for disabled car users. They
also recognise disabled permits issued in other countries. Designated easy access parking bays are available in most city centre car parks. Charges apply in all Bath and North East Somerset Council car parks for Blue Badge holders. There are designated on-street disabled parking bays in the city centre marked with a white bay and the words DISABLED.
You can also park in permit and pay and display on-street parking spaces without limit. When parking on-street you need to display your Blue Badge at all times. Parking on yellow lines is permitted for a maximum of 3 hours except where there is a ban on loading and unloading. Both the badge and time clock must be clearly and correctly displayed. Please note Blue Badge holders are not exempt from the tow away scheme should the parked vehicle create a hazard.
PENALTIES AND PARKING TICKETS
Parking, traffic rules and restrictions are enforced by Bath and North East Somerset Council except in private car parks. Please park with consideration of others and observe the parking and traffic restrictions. Bath has a number of one way streets and bus gates clearly signposted. However, disobeying these restrictions could result in a penalty charge notice. If you do get a penalty charge notice please follow the payment instructions on the ticket. If you have a query or wish to challenge the charge, you must do so in writing. More information can be obtained at www.parking-appeals.gov.uk.