Bath Sports and Outdoor Activities
(Bath, North-East Somerset, England, UK)
When many people think of Bath, not only do they picture the abbey, the Georgian buildings and the revamped Southgate shops, but they also often associate rugby with the city.
The Bath Rugby club has enjoyed considerable success over the years since being established in the 1860s, competing in top-class Premiership and European Cup rugby union matches, and often winning their home games at the centrally located Recreation Ground. Just a stroll away you will also find the city's cricket club, as well as the riverside Bath Sports and Leisure Centre.
Further spectator sports in the vicinity of the city include a handful of golf courses, horse racing at Lansdown, and all kinds of activities within the university campus, many of which welcome spectators. If you are simply looking to keep fit and toned during your visit, then a stroll along the River Avon also offers a gentle way to sightsee.
Starting at Pulteney Bridge, you can either head northwards to the Bethel Chapel, the Roman House and ultimately the Bath Rugby Lambridge Training Ground, or southwards, passing by the Southbourne Mansions area and the Bath Spa railway station, before heading alongside the Lower Bristol Road to St. James's Cemetery and the Sainsbury's supermarket.
Tel: +44 (0)1225 460588
A number of the star players at the Bath Rugby club were actually members of England's victorious 2003 world cup team. Those wishing to catch a game of rugby on a Saturday, between September and April, will find matches staged at the Recreation Grounds, close to Pulteney Bridge. If you can't find the grounds, simply walk along the river and listen out for the cheering - it will be hard to miss.
Tel: +44 (0)1225 423087
Football is another one of Bath's leading spectator sports and the local football team is the Bath City Football Club, who regularly play in the English non-league pyramid and were founded in 1889. The club's football pitch is located just outside of the city centre, in Twerton Park, and the team play regular matches here on Saturdays, all through the main soccer season (roughly August to April).
Tel: +44 (0)1225 425935
Cricket is hugely popular in the city and comes with a very established following. The Bath Cricket Club has its origins way back in the late 1850s and features regular matches on its grounds, next to North Parade and close to the River Avon. Of note, every June, the Somerset County Cricket Festival is held here, while the Hampset Cricket Club in the southerly suburb of Odd Down may also be of interest.
Tel: +44 (0)1225 424609
Bath's racecourse is situated in Lansdown, on the outskirts of the city and within easy driving distance, being roughly 15 minutes to the north-west. Interestingly, this is actually the highest racecourse in the area, with spectacular views across the countryside. Founded in 1874, the Bath Racecourse also hosts a variety of weekend horse racing events and fixtures, such as the Big Bank Holiday Raceday in May, and the Ascot Ladies Day Experience in June.
Badminton Horse Trials
The famous Badminton Horse Trials are one of the world's greatest equestrian events and are held in the Duke of Beaufort's Gloucestershire Park, close by. First staged in the year of 1949, this annual three-day event takes place every May, drawing crowds in the region of 250,000 people.
The city boasts a number of notable golf courses, with the most central being the Approach Golf Course, which is situated next to Victoria Park and is just a stroll away from the Assembly Rooms. Entry Hill is another popular course, being located on the southern side of the city and across from the Odd Down Playing Fields, off the Wellsway.
- Approach Golf Course
Address: Royal Victoria Park, Bath, North-East Somerset, BA1 2DS, England
Tel: +44 (0)1225 331162
- Entry Hill Golf Course
Address: Wellsway, Bath, North-East Somerset, BA2 5NA, England
Tel: +44 (0)1225 834248
- Lansdown Golf Club
Address: Lansdown, Bath, North-East Somerset, BA1 9BT, England
Tel: +44 (0)1225 422138
Sports Training Village
Address: University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath, North-East Somerset, BA2 7AY, England
Tel: +44 (0)1225 826339
The Sports Training Village is sited within the grounds of the University of Bath and has been awarded a prestigious 'Centre of Excellence'. Facilities here include two large swimming pools, tennis courts and badminton courts, as well as pitches and playing fields used for games of football, rugby, lacrosse, cricket, American football and numerous athletics events.
Fitness Centres and Gyms
Tel: +44 (0)1225 486905
Various gymnasiums and sports centres are dotted around the city. State-of-the-art fitness equipment is available at the Bath Sports and Leisure Centre, which is located on North Parade Road and close to the abbey. Also based here is a 25-meter / 82-foot long swimming pool, a separate leisure pool complete with water slide, more than 60 exercise classes, badminton and squash courts, and the Zany Zone Soft Play attraction for young children.
Other sports activities nearby Bath include:
- West Country Water Park
Address: Trench Lane, Winterbourne, Bristol, BS36 1RY, England
35 km / 22 miles
- Robin Cousins Sports Centre
Address: Off West Town Road, Avonmouth, Bristol, BS11 9GB, England
34 km / 21 miles
- Bristol Ashton Court Golf Course
Address: Long Ashton, Bristol, BS41 9JN, England
25 km / 15 miles
- Thornbury Golf Centre
Address: Bristol Road, Thornbury, BS35 3XL, England
42 km / 26 miles
- Bristol Country Cricket Ground
Address: Nevil Road, Bristol, BS7 9EJ, England
22 km / 14 miles
- Bristol Shoguns Rugby
Address: Memorial Stadium, Filton Avenue, Horfield, Bristol, BS7 0BF, England
23 km / 15 miles
- Bristol City Football Club
Address: Ashton Gate Stadium, Ashton Road, Bristol, BS3 2EJ, England
22 km / 14 miles
- Bristol Rovers Football Club
Address: Memorial Stadium, Filton Avenue, Horfield, Bristol BS7 0BF, England
23 km / 15 miles