As befitting a city centre with U.N.E.S.C.O world-heritage status, Bath is blessed with an elegant railway station, which is also relatively simple to use.
Bath Spa station only has two platforms (tracks):
Platform 1 is where the trains heading west to Bristol, Cardiff, Gloucester and beyond depart from; so if you take a train from London, you will arrive at this part of the station.
Platform 2, which is on the city centre side of the station, is used by the trains heading east towards London, Salisbury, Westbury and Weymouth.
The platforms (tracks) at Bath Spa station are above street level, but are linked to the entrances by both staircases and lifts (elevators) so there is step-free access available between the trains and the exits/entrances.
Something to look out for when arriving by train at platform (track) 1 is that the Tourist Information office at the station is located on this platform, so it can be a good idea to stop by and ask questions, or pick up a map of the city centre.
Great Western Railway operates all of the trains which call at Bath Spa station and when travelling to the east they take one of three routes:
(1) to London Paddington station via Swindon and Reading (usually 2 x trains per hour)
If you will be taking a train to London, look out for the signs which will tell you where to wait on the platform, for easy boarding into the coach in which your reserved seats will be located.
(2) Portsmouth via Bradford-upon-Avon, Westbury, Salisbury and Southampton (usually 1 x train per hour)
(3) Weymouth via Bradford-upon-Avon, Westbury, Yeovil and Dorchester (1 x train per hour, but it only travels beyond Westbury in every other hour).
However, note that Bath is served by comparatively few train services.
When travelling by train between the city and destinations to the north (Birmingham and beyond) connections are required in Bristol, Didcot Parkway or Gloucester.
The station is on the southern edge of the city centre.
The simplest walking route to the main attractions in the centre, the Roman Baths, the abbey, Pultney Bridge, the Pump Rooms and Sally Lunn's is to walk ahead straight ahead from the station on Manvers Street.
Reaching the abbey on foot will take 8 - 15 minutes.
Though a shorter route to the Roman baths is to walk through the pedestrianised main shopping area, taking the first left on Manvers Street on to Railway Street; and then turning right on to Stall Street.
The Royal Crescent is at the opposite side of the heart of the city, so is a 15 - 30 min walk away from Bath Spa station.
However, bus route (line) 20 stops by the station and calls at a stop named 'Northampton Street' which is just to the north of the Royal Crescent; it's a 2 - 5 min walk from there along a road named Upper Church Street.
Although the buses, which will be heading to Twerton, only depart hourly.
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