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Total Guide To Bath Rugby Matchday

Matchdays at The Rec are some of the very best on every rugby fans sporting calendar as supporters of the sport far and wide travel to watch the Blue, Black, and White take to the pitch.

But whether you’re a first-timer to the city or a seasoned veteran, then our Total Guide To Matchday is a must providing accurate and insightful information on the best travel, bars, restaurants, and more, for home games at Bath Rugby.

Travel

Travelling to the big cities across England is a panic for everyone. But don’t panic rugby fans. Total Guide To have gathered all your need-to-know information for travelling to The Rec helping make your game day commute as easy as possible.

Train:

From London Paddington:

Travel time: 2hrs

If travelling from London to watch the Blue, Black, and White battle it out on the pitch, then your quickest route to Bath Spa will be via Westbury. 

The journey to Westbury will take roughly 1hr20mins, where you will then change for trains heading towards Bath Spa with a journey time of approximately 30 minutes.

Ticket prices: Approximately £80 for an off-peak return via thetrainline.com 

From Swindon:

Travel time: 30mins

Travelling from Swindon will require a short train journey of just 30 minutes as fans flock to The Rec. 

Boarding at Swindon station, the train will make a single stop at Chippenham before travelling onwards to Bath.

Ticket prices: Approximately £17 open return via thetrainline.com

From Westbury: 

Travel time: 25mins

When travelling from Westbury to Bath Spa, fans can expect a quick journey of just 25 minutes as fans eagerly await to see the very best rugby that Bath has to offer. 

A cheap price of under £11 for a return makes the train a great way to travel to Bath from Westbury. Calling points en route are Trowbridge and Bradford-On-Avon.

Ticket prices: Approximately £10.70 for an open return.

When exiting Bath Spa station, the quickest way to The Rec is to head straight over from the front of the station following the River Avon and the swarm of Bath shirts that will take you all the way to the stadium.

Coach:

Being such a well-connected City, travelling to The Rec by coach is another fantastic way of travelling to match days. 

Local coach firm Centurion Travel offer supporters hassle-free, affordable and convenient travel to and from the Recreation Ground for every home game.

With various starting points for the coach from Warminster, Midsomer Norton, and Devizes, supporters in most local areas are able to take advantage of the four coach services that are run.

For booking, prices, and departure times, head to https://www.bathrugbytransport.co.uk

Car Parking:

If travelling to Bath Rugby matches by car then make sure to allow yourself plenty of time given the high amount of congestion within the city. 

If car travel is your choice though then you will be spoilt with over 13 different parking destinations around the city. Parking prices for a full day can range from £5 up to £40, so to find your best parking stations then a map of car parks can be found online here

Park and ride services are ran from Newbridge, Odd Down, and Lansdown every 15 minutes as well, easing your journey home avoiding inner city traffic. More information of this service can be found here.

At The Rec

Besides putting on display some of the very best rugby in the Northern Hemisphere, The Rec also has some fantastic features and services for all fans to get involved in on game day. 

Happy Hour runs every matchday for one hour from gate opening times where £1 off discount on Thatchers Gold and Bath Ales can be utilised at all bars around the stadium.

Similarly if you’re looking for pre-match entertainment then we strongly advise heading over to the Swift Half located within the grounds of the stadium where fans can sample some of the best selected promotions from the Great Western Wine bar and soak in the atmosphere building up to the big game.

Pre-match bars

Whether you’re looking for an alcoholic beverage to quench your first or wholesome food to fill your stomach prior to the big game at The Rec, then look no further than some of our favourite pre-match bars within Bath.

Royal Oak

Combining live sports, a skittle alley, and a cosy but lively environment, this modern establishment has been a pre-match favourite for fans of the Blue, Black, and White for years.

Located just a five-minute walk away from The Rec, fans can be sure to soak up the atmosphere ahead of the big game at The Royal Oak. 

More information can be found here

The Brew House

If you’re looking for a pre-match bar to soak in the atmosphere of fellow rugby fans before heading to the game, then the Bath Brew House is a serious contender for your business.

Located on James St West, the Brew House is situated right in the heart of Bath’s fantastic city centre. Specialising in great beer and hearty meals, you sure won’t be left disappointed.

With their own microbrewery on site, a wide range of home brewed beers on tap caters for even the most experienced drinkers with new flavours constantly being introduced to the menu. 

More information can be found here

Post-match restaurants

Following the spectacle of watching Bath Rugby battle it out at The Rec, what better way to end your day than heading to one of the city’s best restraunts. We’ve rounded up our top two choices of eateries to suit all your cravings.

Thaikhun

If Thai food is your favourite delicacy then you’re in the right place. Bath offers up some of the best Thai food around and we recommend heading to Thaikhun after watching the Blue, Black, and White. 

Producing fantastic street food in Little Southgate, diners will be entertained with a lively atmosphere and an open space-seating environment to enjoy some of the best tastes of Asia. 

Thaikhun brings you Thai with friends for food and fun! Think fun, friendly, engaging, vibrant and expressive! Thaikhun will bring you this in abundance and transport you to Thailand!

More information, menus, and booking information can be found here.

Aqua

After an action packed eighty minutes of rugby, what better way to finish the day than with some of the very best Italian food Bath has to serve up. 

Whether you’re looking for sumptuous seafood or authentic home cooked pizza then Aqua is the place for you. 

Located on Walcot Street, this popular diner serves delicious food that tantalises the taste buds intertwined with and an extensive wine and drinks list to satisfy a variety of rugby fans.

More information, menus, and booking information can be found here.

Tapas Revolution

If you’re looking for the perfect place to dine with a group after the match, Tapas Revolution is the place for you!

Specialising in Tapa, the famous small dishes found in every bar in Spain, the restaurant offers a great selection of dishes, vino and cervezas with plenty to share around the table. 

The food is meant to be shared, at any time of day on any occasion. Bringing a little bit of Spanish fun to Bath. To celebrate victory or commiserate a loss, why not go for a jug of homemade Sangria – Spain’s most famous and popular drink!

More information, menus, and booking information can be found here.

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