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5 Of The Best Towns And Villages To Live Around Bath

Posted 16 January 2023 by Helen Christie

We look at the best towns and villages around the Bath area to consider buying a first or brand new home...

The historic city of Bath has frequently scored well in surveys about the best places to live in Britain due to factors such as its exceptional amenities, job opportunities and high-quality housing.

Lockdown has led to people reassessing their top priorities when considering the best new home, with flexibility, a home office and outside space leading to them investigating where their budget might go in a less expensive rural location.

If you’re looking for the top new homes for sale within easy reach of Bath, there are some excellent candidates to consider.


A former coal-mining village, Paulton lies around 10 miles south-west of Bath. It has plenty of local amenities, including shops, a small hospital, dentist, chemist, library and numerous sports facilities, as well as two nurseries, an infant school (rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted) and a junior school (rated ‘Outstanding’). Paulton’s nearest railway station is Bath Spa, but there are plenty of buses running daily from Paulton to Bath, making it a great location for those commuting to the city.


Just over seven miles from Bath, Bradford-on-Avon lies in the Avon Valley, and the River Avon runs through it. It’s a very attractive place to live, boasting many historic buildings and fine range of places to shop, eat and drink. An added draw for those looking to move to the area is the railway station, which has regular trains to Bath taking just 12 minutes. The town has a secondary school (a ‘Good’ Ofsted rating) and a popular stage school.


With a mention in the Domesday Book, located 10 miles south of Bath and across the River Frome from the village of Lullington, this is home to Springmead Independent Preparatory School, and Beckington C of E First School, which is rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. Residents can easily get to nearby Frome and Bath by way of buses which run regularly throughout the day.


Melksham is a market town on the River Avon, situated between Bath, Chippenham and Trowbridge. Local amenities and essentials include five supermarkets, independent shops, a post office, cafés and restaurants, football club and a community hospital. There’s also a weekly market. The town also has its own railway station, which has direct trains to Swindon and Trowbridge, both of which connect with numerous major towns and cities.


A market town since medieval times, Keynsham was formerly home to Cadbury’s chocolate factory, the Somerdale Factory. It has several primary schools and two secondary schools. Keynsham is located on the outskirts of Bristol and has its own railway station, and is close to the A4, making it convenient for those looking to commute to surrounding towns and cities.

Find out about current new homes for sale in and around Bath.

If the Bath area isn’t quite for you, why not take a look at Bristol and the villages around it, and the brand new homes for sale there?


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