We will be driving to Bath from Warwick on a Friday in August. Plan on arriving to Bath by 10/11am to walk along River Avon and also hopefully check out royal Victoria park, pulteney bridge, parade gardens, and walk along Bath st. We will need to leave about 4pm to go to Stonehenge aiming to arrive there about 6:15 so we can see it before it closes. Then head to Salisbury to spend the night.
My question is that I have heard it is very difficult to park in Bath and it's recommended to park outside and ride a bus in. However, since we are so limited in time I was hoping to get more time in Bath and found a parking spot I can rent from a resident close to downtown just south of river Avon. Or there is a big parking lot in southgate shopping center. But wondering if this will take more time than doing the park and ride due to being stuck in traffic just to get to the parking spot. I am leaning toward the private parking spot to rent as then I am guaranteed a spot.
Thank you for your advice.