Car & Van Hire in Bath
Welcome to the Enterprise Bath car rental page. Choose from a wide selection of cars ranging from smaller economy cars to larger SUVs and people carriers
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Car & Van Rental in Bath?
Set amid the rolling countryside of South West England, Bath’s natural hot springs have attracted visitors for millenia. The attractive city is known for its well-preserved Roman baths and elegant roads, lined with stunning Georgian architecture. Honey-coloured stone buildings immerse visitors in a unique streetscape that makes Bath one of the UK’s most popular destinations. In Bath, visitors can find our branch to the west of the city centre along the A36, which links the city with Bristol.
Our Vehicles for Hire in Bath
Ideal for your trip to Bath, car hire deals are easy to organise on a selection of vehicles, from saloons and SUVs to vans and people carriers. Each of our safe and clean vehicles allows you to travel in comfort during your visit to Bath and the surrounding region. When you rent with Enterprise, you get to set your own schedule. You will be able to explore this city and nearby destinations at your own pace, without worrying about catching buses or trains. Our modern and safe fleet of reliable vehicles offers plenty of choices, whether you are travelling alone or with family and friends.
Our fleet includes options from leading manufacturers, such as Ford, Range Rover, Toyota, Vauxhall and Volvo. We also have SUVs that deliver additional power, as well as more space and enhanced comfort. Our premium cars in Bath lets you travel in style in a Mercedes, Porsche or other luxurious vehicles. Our selection of people carriers gives you more space when you need a vehicle with more than the standard five seats. Vans are also available, whether you are renovating or moving. We have everything from small vans to extra-large vehicles for bulky items.
Attractions in Bath
A UNESCO World Heritage site, Bath was founded as a thermal spa in the first century, during the Roman period. The remains of the Temple of Sulis Minerva and the baths complex built around natural hot springs are among the city’s most popular attractions. During the reigns of George I, II and III in the 18th century, Bath came of age as a popular spa city and an influential centre for art and literature. Beautiful and grand neoclassical buildings, including the Assembly Rooms and the Pump Room, were constructed during this period and are found throughout the city centre. The Royal Crescent, Camden Crescent and Cavendish Crescent are home to fine examples of Georgian residences. Another highlight is Bath Abbey, an impressive Gothic church built on the ruins of a Norman cathedral in 1499.
Make some time for enjoying the outdoors and driving to one of the city’s beautiful parks. You can enjoy a picnic or simply relax at the Parade Gardens, which overlook the River Avon. A bandstand hosts musical performances during the summer, while floral displays provide a stunning setting in which to unwind. Victoria Park is the city’s largest park and is close to the Botanical Gardens, while Sydney Gardens were once visited by Jane Austen. Visitors can also bathe in natural hot springs at the Thermae Bath Spa.
Places to Visit Outside Bath
While the city has plenty to offer in terms of entertainment and sightseeing, Bath is a great base from which you can explore nearby destinations. The Cotswolds, Exmoor National Park, Devon, Dorset and the Forest of Dean are just some of the day trips you can take from Bath. Eight miles southeast of Bath is Bradford on Avon, a picturesque town built from the same limestone used in Bath. The town is home to one of the few remaining Saxon churches, while the medieval Saxon Tithe Barn at Barton Farm Country Park has one of the UK’s largest stone roofs.
Bristol is just west of Bath and has a diverse range of attractions, including a vibrant nightlife and great shopping destinations. The city has a rich industrial and maritime heritage. Its attractions include the Bristol Zoo Gardens, At-Bristol Science Centre, and the SS Great Britain – a steam-powered passenger liner built by famed engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel in 1843. Brunel also designed one of Bristol’s most famous landmarks, the Clifton Suspension Bridge, across the Avon Gorge. Popular shopping destinations include Cabot Circus in the heart of the city centre.
Airport Car Hire
The closest airport to Bath is Bristol Airport, approximately 20 miles to the east. It provides regular flights to several European destinations, and cities in the United Kingdom. Car and van hire from Enterprise is available from our branch at Bristol Airport. Renting a car at the airport allows you to travel to Bath without hassle. Our branch is just a few steps from the terminal building, allowing you to collect your car rental shortly after your flight arrives. With a car or van hire from Enterprise, you will be able to explore and experience all that South East England has to offer. You also do not have to worry about missing your flight because of a delayed airport transfer or taxi.
Parking and Traffic Information in Bath
There are several car parks, in addition to limited on-street parking. More than 3,500 spaces at 13 facilities are available in the city centre, within a short walk of Bath’s major attractions. Long stay car parks are found on Charlotte Street, South Gate, Avon Street, Manvers Street and Bath Cricket Club. Short stay parking is available at The Podium, the Sports Centre, Kingsmead Square, Broad Street, Cattle Market and Claverton Street.
Driving around the city requires special attention to road restrictions. These includes restrictions at some car parks, including at Bath Spa Train Station. This car park is only available to rail users. There are also several one-way streets and pedestrian-only roads throughout Bath, especially in the city centre. One-way roads make it difficult to drive within the city centre, and visitors to the city often congest the old, narrow streets, especially on weekends and during the summer months. Bus lanes also restrict access on certain streets.
Cheap Van and Car Hire
With rental branches across the county, Enterprise offers cheap car hire from convenient, accessible locations. Our large fleet of new vehicles includes great value economy and compact cars, sporty SUVs and spacious people carriers. Whether you need a vehicle for a single day or longer, Enterprise Rent-A-Car has the perfect car to suit your needs. Book online from our Bath branch to guarantee your choice of vehicle at the best possible price.
Moving house or just moving furniture? Enterprise has you covered with a range of vans from our Bath branch. From smaller passenger vans to larger commercial vans, book online from our Bath van hire page to reserve your perfect vehicle at an unbeatable price.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What do I need to hire a car with Enterprise?
The essential items you will need to bring to an Enterprise Rent-A-Car branch when hiring a vehicle are a valid drivers licence, valid ID, and a credit or debit card. You will also need to prove you are over 25 years of age, and there may be additional documentation required for international drivers. Learn more about what you need when hiring here.
- Do I need insurance to rent a car or van?
No. At Enterprise you don't need to purchase insurance as we provide a damage waiver within the cost of your hire. You can, of course, take option to purchase additional protection products to reduce the excess further to give you complete peace of mind. Visit our car hire insurance page for further details.
- How old do I need to be to hire a car or van?
All drivers must be a minimum of 25 years old. Only drivers over 30 years old may hire full-size MPVs, premium vehicles/exotic cars and Luton vans. Younger drivers might be interested in Enterprise Car Club. Learn more about age requirements for hiring a vehicle here.
- What are the driver's licence requirements for car hire in the UK & Ireland?
All drivers must present a full valid driving license. If the driving license is written in a language and characters different to those of the country of rental, an International Driving Permit is also required. Learn more about car hire driving licence requirements here.
- Can I hire a car with a debit card?
We accept payment by either a debit or credit card in the name of the renter. A credit card is required if you are renting a People Carrier, Compact Elite, SUV, Premium, Luxury or Executive vehicle. Learn more about our accepted card payment methods here.
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