Sion Hill campus is the main base for the Bath School of Art and Design. Situated in the Lansdown district of Bath it's within walking distance of the shops and bars of Bath city centre.

Sion Hill is well known for its buzzing creative atmosphere, and friendly community feel.

The campus has some of the most modern specialist art facilities in the UK. It boasts some of the most advanced resources around for art and design students, including graphic communication studios, electronic media workshops, studios for art, textiles and sculpture, workshops for wood, etching, lithography and silkscreen.

“Sion Hill is well known for its buzzing creative atmosphere, and friendly community feel.”

In June each year the site becomes a showpiece of student talent as the School of Art and Design hosts its annual degree show – an event that always draws a large audience from near and far.

How to get to Sion Hill

Car

Parking is available at our Sion Hill campus however at busier times of the year sometimes our car park will become full. A pay and display system is in operation at this car park. To avoid inconvenience to the surrounding community, we kindly ask that you avoid parking on the streets around the campus.

Staff and students require a permit to park on campus. More information on permits is available on the Intranet.

Driving from the M4 Motorway

Leave the M4 at junction 18 and join the A46 southbound. After 9 miles, leave the A46 and at the roundabout, and take the third exit onto the A4 into Bath. After one mile, at the traffic lights for the A36 turnoff, get into the right-hand lane and proceed straight ahead along the A4;

Take second exit at mini-roundabout along the A4 The Paragon;

At traffic lights, turn right onto Lansdown Road heading uphill. After passing the Lansdown Grove Hotel on your right, take the next left onto Lansdown Place East;

Proceed along Lansdown Crescent, down Lansdown Place West, and onto Sion Hill. Take the first right onto Sion Hill Place. The campus entrance is immediately on your right.

Bus

You can travel to Sion Hill campus from Manvers Street in Bath city centre on the 700 and 701 bus services (BANES Council funded - operated by CT Coaches).

Alternatively if you’re nearer the top of Bath you can catch the Lansdown Park and Ride bus from Milsom Street. If you get off at the Hamilton Road stop it’s a 10-15 minute, fairly level walk to the campus.

Or – if you’re feeling energetic – Sion Hill is a 35 minute walk from Bath’s bus station. Be prepared for a steep hill.

Plane

Bristol Airport is the closest airport to Bath, it’s about 20 miles away. You can fly to Bristol from most major cities, including Edinburgh, Paris, Brussels, Dublin, Amsterdam and New York.

To travel from Bristol Airport to our Newton Park campus, you can take an Airport Bus to Bristol Temple Meads railway station and then hop on a train to Bath Spa railway train station. Alternatively you can take a taxi directly from the airport to Newton Park.

You can also fly to London Heathrow, London Stansted, or London Gatwick and take a train to London Paddington railway station. From here you can travel onwards to Bath Spa railway station.

Train

If you're visiting Sion Hill by train we recommend you travel to Bath Spa railway station. The train station is just a short walk to Manvers Street where you can continue your journey by bus.

Bike

Cycling up to Sion Hill is always an option for the super fit, but if you are looking for a quick and convenient transport solution to get back into town, we do have a nextbike station at this campus. For further information visit the nextbike website.

For more information on how to travel to our campuses, visit the how to find us page. Need to know where to go once you get to the campus? Download our campus map.

Need to know about accessibility of Sion Hill campus? Our student support team are happy to answer your questions, or visit our accessibility guide.

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