Sion Hill

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 shops, bars and the 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


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.


There is a shuttle bus that runs from Newton Park to Sion Hill via Dartmouth Avenue if you need to get between campuses (intersite buses only run during term time).

You can also travel to Sion Hill campus from Manvers Street in Bath city centre on the 700 bus service (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.


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.


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.

Bath Spa University, Sion Hill, Bath BA1 5SF

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 the accessibility of Sion Hill campus? Our Student Wellbeing Services team are happy to answer your questions, or visit our accessibility guide.

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