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Why rent a car in Bath?

Jane Austen was once a Bath resident. Although the bulk of her work was written before she moved to Bath, its dreamy setting is reminiscent of the romantic mood in her novels. What’s not to like about enjoying a spa in 2000-year-old Roman baths and strolling through a picturesque village with Georgian crescents, charming shops and cafes? Unsurprisingly, Bath is a Unesco World Heritage site.

Situated in Somerset, one of the most beautiful parts of the country, Bath is surrounded by idyllic rural landscapes, ruins, castles and country homes, a visit to which must not be missed. A Bath hire car will help you explore as many of these sights as possible in a short time.

How to get to and around Bath?

The closest airport to fly into is Bristol Airport, 20 miles away. From there you can either get on the A4 one-hour bus service to Bath or take the Bristol Airport Flyer Express coach to Bristol Meads train station and finish the journey by train. A private airport transfer service is also available for pre-booking through Russells of Bath, which might be handy for groups of up to eight people travelling together.

With a Bath hire car you can easily drive to some of the main nearby hubs: Bristol (40 minutes via the A4), Cheltenham (an hour and 15 minutes via the M5), another beautiful spa town with well-known cultural festivals, Oxford (an hour and 40 minutes via the M4 and A420), home of the University of Oxford, and London (under two hours and a half via the M4).

What brands are available?

The nearest Bath car rental companies have pick-up points in Bristol. Choose from one of the following: companies:

  • Avis
  • Europcar (open 24hs)
  • Hertz
  • Must-sees within an easy drive of Bath

    If sightseeing in Bath has inspired you to see other small but pretty historic towns, try Wells, a 45-minute drive by car hire via the A39. It boasts a magnificent cathedral and the medieval Bishop’s Palace, with a moat – and resident swans – around it, which has been home to the bishops of Bath and Wells for over 800 years.

    13 miles south of Bath (approx. a half-hour drive ), Frome (pronounced “froom”) is a perfect stopover town for combining a visit to historic listed buildings with a bit of shopping in beautiful shops brimming with arts and crafts.

    Situated on the river Avon, like Bath, Bradford on Avon, is less than a half-hour drive on the B3108 in a Bath hire car. It was built on golden limestone and features a medieval stone bridge and stone houses, as well as charming hillside cottages. A walk through the town can be done in a couple of hours and concluded at one of their excellent tea rooms.

    Tips and tricks for driving in the UK

    Drive on the left side of road, but overtake on the right. On motorways the speed limit is usually 70mph, but in rural areas it could be 40 or 30mph.

    Rental cars will usually have a manual transmission gear. Request an automatic one when booking, if that is your preference.

    Use of seat belts is obligatory in the UK in the front and rear seats. Always have your ID, driver’s licence and insurance papers with you in case of police inspection.

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