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Parking in Bath WARNING!!!

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Parking in Bath WARNING!!!

We recently visited Bath and had the very unfortunate experience of parking in the public lot below Waitrose. The posted sign gave parking costs and we saw six pounds for up to four hours. We didn't really plan to stay longer so we didn't give it much more thought as it was public parking. We returned just over 4 hours later and were ABSOLUTELY STUNNED when we went to pay and discovered there are no rates for over four hours - it is 25 pounds! This is done almost like a "you should have read the fine print" . Bath is a pretty but typical town that would be nothing but for the very interesting Roman baths which are worth seeing, but there is a charge for everything else and after travels to so many more beautiful and less over-rated places, the only thing I will remember about Bath is being robbed by a machine in the parking lot.

It is truly disgraceful and the locals are both embarrassed and disgusted by it as there seems to be little way of warning the poor unsuspecting tourist.

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81. Re: Parking in Bath WARNING!!!

Curious RomanCitizen, did you measure those letters? ;-)

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82. Re: Parking in Bath WARNING!!!

I will go back later this week with a tape measure :)

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83. Re: Parking in Bath WARNING!!!


Your service and sacrifice for this community is above any expectation, indeed. You deserve a knighthood at least! If not a knighthood, a nice pint !


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84. Re: Parking in Bath WARNING!!!

LauraW -- I believe this is the lot we ended up parking in while 'playing the tourist in Bath.' While it's under the Waitrose, it isn't really a private carpark for the grocery store -- it's general short-stay parking for visitors to the area.

We had reserved a parking space elsewhere, but ended up missing the turn-off (street signs in Bath are not all they could be....) and found ourselves wandering through the heart of the city. After trying for a while, without success, to find our way back to where we WANTED to be, we passed this short-stay garage, did a quick calculation (yes, it was clearly signposted that it was for a maximum of 4 hours), and determined that it would meet our needs. We swung around the block and parked in the garage -- and kept an eye on the time so we wouldn't over-stay our 4 hours.

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