Bath is well located for a range of travel opportunities, so it's little surprise that many ASE students find time to travel independently in Britain and Ireland - and beyond into continental Europe.
Britain and Ireland
Free weekends are an ideal time to explore the environs of Bath, and the country beyond. Many interesting villages and towns, and some lovely stretches of countryside, are easily accessible from the city on foot, by bicycle (which can be bought or hired locally), or by local buses and trains. Freshford and Bradford-on-Avon are just two such places.
Bath is also conveniently situated on a main rail line, with easy and frequent links to most parts of the national network. By train, for example, the city of Bristol can be reached in just 15 minutes, Cardiff (the capital of Wales) in an hour, London in 90 minutes. Bath to Liverpool is a little over four hours.
In addition, there are regular flights from Bristol Airport to Dublin and Edinburgh (flight times are approximately an hour and 90 minutes, respectively).
Mid-semester week is the favourite time for independent travel in Europe, though increasing numbers of students are also choosing to explore Britain and the continent before and after their semester at ASE.
Thanks to the Channel Tunnel (or 'Chunnel'), mainland Europe is easily accessible by Eurostar train, with high speed rail links from St Pancras station in London to Paris, Brussels and the extensive European network.
Budget flights to Europe from Bristol, Birmingham, and most London airports are also readily available. Among the most popular recent destinations for ASE students are Barcelona, Rome, Prague and Venice, with direct flights to each taking less than three hours.
Really cheap flights are often available to other, less well-known European destinations - or even further afield. Check online for the latest special offers!