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Day trip from London to Bath

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Day trip from London to Bath

Considering taking a train out from London to Bath for a day of sightseeing around Bath. What train would we take? Do we have to book in advance? It will be in October.

Once we get off train can we see sights by walking? We are fine with lots of walking .

Is it a worthwhile day trip?

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1. Re: Day trip from London to Bath

And, we will be staying in West End in London. Unsure of exact lodging at this point. So, would be going from West End to Bath.

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2. Re: Day trip from London to Bath

You will want to take a train from London Paddington to Bath Spa. The journey time one way is about 1 1/2 hours.

It is a very worthwhile day trip. I highly recommend the Roman Baths.

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3. Re: Day trip from London to Bath

Check rail fares from Paddington to Bath Spa from 12 weeks in advance of travel at www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk Another option is http://uk.megabus.com which offers inexpensive rail fares as well.

Megabus sell tickets from 45 days in advance of travel; they may not offer reduced fares on as many trains as FGW. Have a look at the websites and see what you think of the offerings, then book what suits you when your dates are firm and tickets are on sale.

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4. Re: Day trip from London to Bath

There is enough to see in Bath for a 1 month trip, let alone one day, so try and get here as early as possible.

You don't HAVE to book in advance, but fares booked as travellerplus suggests will probably be cheaper than walk-up fares: catching a train after 09:30 will be cheaper, but for a full day try and get a train around 08:00.

That will get you to the city around 09:30, I would advise going straight to the Roman Baths (you can get a coffee on the train), get an audio guide, allow at least 90 minutes to do it properly. The Baths are a 5 minute walk from the station.

Then a light lunch, followed by a walk with one of the Mayor's Guides at 2:00pm

http://www.bathguides.org.uk/when-where.html

That leaves time to visit No 1 Royal Crescent of the Assembly Rooms/ Museum of Costume.

It is unlikely you would want to go further from the centre that the Royal Crescent, which is about a mile from the train station.

If you can plan for an evening return, the 21:00 train will leave you time for a nice supper in one of the city's excellent restaurants.

Edited: 23 January 2013, 10:15
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5. Re: Day trip from London to Bath

Be aware that the megatrain fares to Bath, whilst they can be very cheap, are only on 2 trains a day. They are from Waterloo, not Paddington, and take an hour longer, and only allow just over 4 hours in Bath..

Better for an overnight stay than a day trip

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I've been trying to book return trainfares London-Bath online for Easter and the return journey seems to take a lot longer [up to 1-30mins longer] than going out.Spoke with Great Western customer services and they had no idea why.Hopeless.

Anybody any ideas ?

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7. Re: Day trip from London to Bath

There are massive engineering works at Reading over the Easter weekend so trains are being diverted via a longer route

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8. Re: Day trip from London to Bath

Thank you dzug1.I hearby propose you as the new Director of Customer Sevices at GW.The guy I spoke to checked and said there was no notice of engineering works on my planned travel dates.

Oh well.It's Paris for us at Easter.

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9. Re: Day trip from London to Bath

Details of the Easter mayhem are on the fgw.co.uk website. Yes it did seem as if it was "news" to the ticket clerk when I popped in to ask about them.

Over the Easter weekend itself, you need to be pretty keen to travel by train (either via Banbury or Salisbury), though that might be useful if you wanted to break the journey.

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10. Re: Day trip from London to Bath

Just in case anyone thinks of trying it - the trains that are diverted via Banbury do not actually stop there, other than to change direction. You won't be able to get on and off.

They do stop at Oxford though which might be useful.

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