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Camper Van Hire Bath

Camper Van Hire Bath

Bath is arguably at the top of the list for starting your camper van hire. Bath is just 90 minutes direct from London Paddington by train. Thirty minutes away from Bristol airport and within easy access of the M4 and M5. Bath really is the gateway to the West. And Sun Kissed Campers fleet of new VW California camper vans have everything you need for a luxury road trip. please do check out our prices and availability here.

But, could you really collect your camper van hire in Bath and not hang out here for a while?

Bath is such a beautiful city and has so much to offer. From world class museums to luxury spas, shopping galore and fantastic restaurants.

Buskers in Bath. pic by Kai Hendry

Buskers in Bath. pic by Kai Hendry

We have an independent coffee shop scene to rival London. In fact coffee lovers from across the country make a pilgrimage to Bath just to sample a taste from Maxwell Colonna’s espresso machine. The UK Barista Champion 2014 and 1012 can be found in his coffee shop Colonna & Smalls just off Queens Square.

But if you prefer a something a little stronger, you really should check out Maxwell’s latest venture. Colonna and Hunter in Milsome Palce is a cool new hang out where you can indulge in a fine selection of leading Craft Beers from around the country. In fact you are spoiled for choice when it comes to hand made beers in Bath. Bath is home to numerous micro breweries, two of which you can watch work in progress while sipping a few of their wares. Both the Bath Brew House and Bath Ales latest offering,Graze Bath sport shiny stainless steel brew kettles bubbling safely away behind glass walls. For a pint of something with a bit more heritage head over to The Star on The Paragon, home to Abbey Ales. This tiny pub with its small wood panelled rooms probably hasn’t changed since the time of Dickens!

The Royal Crescent, Bath. pic by Velodenz

The Royal Crescent, Bath. pic by Velodenz

Bath is steeped in History.

You can wander the honey stone Georgian crescents, Bath has a square mile of grade 1 listed buildings to marvel at. Take advantage of free walking tours. The Mayor of Bath Honorary Guides take place twice a day Friday to Sunday. There is no need to book and last for about two hours. Below the Georgian streets lie the catacombs of Roman Bath.

The Roman Baths pic by Ignacio Garcia

The Roman Baths pic by Ignacio Garcia

The Roman Baths Museum is one of the finest historic sites in Northern Europe and is one of most visited heritage attractions in the UK. For a extra special experience book onto a Tunnel Tour which is included in the admission price. The guided tours take you to parts of the temple not normally on public display and offers an opportunity to discover hidden Georgian and Victorian history too. Advance booking is essential as these tours are small and limited.

Pulteny Bridge pic by Jim Rosebery

Pulteny Bridge pic by Jim Rosebery

Where to stay? Once you have picked up your camper van hire, head down to the Bath Caravan Park. Situated only 2 miles from the city centre you can even hire one of Baths answers to the Boris Bike. Next Bike have stations across the City including the Caravan Park, so you can pick one up and drop it off at your leisure. The Bath Caravan Park is also right next to the first Sustrans cycle route between Bristol and Bath so you can cycle traffic free right into the centre of Bath. The Camp site is also well served by public transport too. one of Baths main park and ride centres is just across the road and the main Bath To Bristol bus service, the X39 runs every 10 minutes from practically outside its doorstep. But please be warned, this city centre site is extremely popular and booking in advance is a necessity at any time of the year.

Before you hit the road, make sure you stock up on provisions. The Bath Farmers Market, is held every Saturday morning in the former Green Park train station which shares a site with Sainsbury’s. Established in 1997, this was the first Farmers Market in the UK!

Green Park Farmers Market, Bath. pic by Angel Ganev

Green Park Farmers Market, Bath. pic by Angel Ganev