A fun part of our recent weekend in Bath was doing some sightseeing on the Bath open top bus tour. Aptly named the Citysightseeing Bath Hop On Hop Off, your ticket allows you to see the best of Bath along two different routes.
If you’ve been to any city in the UK you will have no doubt seen these bright red open top busses with yellow font. You really can’t miss the Bath sightseeing bus if you’re wandering around the City, and I highly recommend experiencing the sights of Bath from an open top bus.
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The City Sightseeing Bath Hop On Hop Off Routes
There are thirty-eight bus stops on the Bath open top bus tour over two different routes. You can choose the City Tour which will take you around the city stopping at famous landmarks and places to explore. During this tour there are seventeen different stops.
Alternatively you could take the Skyline Tour which has twenty-one different stops. This is different to the City Tour as it stops along the scenic places of interest rather than the city stops. Your Bath City Sightseeing bus ticket will cover both routes, just check the front of the bus to see which route you’re taking.
Bath Skyline Tour Stops
The Skyline Tour begins at Manvers Street Railway Station, however your hop on hop off ticket will allow you to depart the tour and rejoin it at any of the stops along the route.
- Manvers Street Railway Station
- Terrace Walk
- See Bath Abbey, The Roman Baths, Sally Lunn’s, British Emporium
- North Parade
- Sports Centre
- Great Pulteney Street
- Laura Fountain, Pulteney Bridge
- Holbourne Museum
- Beckford Road
- Bath Spa Hotel
- Quarry Road
- Bathwick Hill
- Widcombe Hill
- Rainbow Woods Farm
- American Museum
- Brassknocker Hill
- Claverton Down
- Woodland play area
- Ralph Allen School
- North Road
- Prior Park
- National Trust Garden
- Middle Hill Lodge
- Abbey Cemetery
- Prior Park Road
The Bath Skyline Tour runs daily except Christmas / Boxing Day/ January 1st, approximately every thirty minutes between 10.30am – 5.30pm. A full loop of the tour will take around 45 minutes.
Bath City Tour Stops
- High Street
- Bath Abbey, Roman Baths, Sally Lunn’s
- Grand Parade
- Guildhall Market, Pulteney Bridge
- Manvers Street
- Railway Station, Southgate shopping centre
- Green Park Road
- Avon Street
- Coach Park
- Avon Street
- City Of Bath College
- Westgate Buildings
- Thermae Bath Spa
- Queen Square
- The Jane Austen Centre, Herschel Museum of Astronomy
- Assembly Rooms
- Museum of East Asian Art, Fashion Museum, Bath at Work Museum, Museum of Bath Architecture
- Brock Street / The Royal Crescent
- No. 1 The Royal Crescent Museum
- Marlborough Buildings
- Weston Road
- Botanical Gardens
- Upper Bristol Road
- Royal Victoria Park
- Upper Bristol Road
- Marlborough Lane
- Royal Avenue
- Milsom Street
- Terrace Walk
The Bath City Tour runs daily except Christmas / Boxing Day / January 1st approximately every twenty minutes between 09.30am – 6.30pm. A full loop of the tour will take around 50 minutes.
Prices for the City Sightseeing Bath Hop On Hop Off Tour are approximately £15.50 per adult, £9 per child, £13 per senior, but there are family discounts available.
When you board the bus, obviously you will get better views if you’re on the top deck to be able to see out. If the weather isn’t behaving, then you have the option to sit on the lower deck, and the front section of the top deck is also covered over.
You will be given a map and headphones as you board the bus. Each bus also has its own guide who will provide a running commentary as you tour the City. There is also a multi lingual commentary available if required.
Included in the cost of your ticket are some discounts to some of the attractions along the open top bus tour. These include:-
- 10% off entry to the Roman Baths
- Free entry to Sally Lunn’s kitchen museum
- 10% off Jane Austen Centre
- BOGOF at Museum of Bath Architecture
- BOGOF at Museum of East Asian Art
- 10% off entry to the Fashion Museum
- 10% off No.1 Royal Crescent
- BOGOF to the American Museum
All tickets to the Bath Sightseeing tour last for 24 hours and can be used as and when you wish during that period of time.
We really enjoyed seeing the sights of Bath City on the City Tour. We had already decided to stay on the bus for one full loop as it was a bright sunny day when we visited and we had secured great seats on the top deck.
We had a great guide who gave us so much information that we wouldn’t have known just from looking at a map, so it’s always worth plugging yourself in and listening.
The two stops that stood out for me on our Bath open top bus tour was Victoria Park. It’s a huge playground with plenty going on which included bouncy castles and a huge amount of space. No wonder it was very busy on the day we travelled past.
The other stop that grabbed my attention was No.1 Royal Crescent. The crescent itself is a stunning view, but as you drive past, it’s a great way to see just how the wealthy lived during the eighteenth century.