Travelling to Downside School from Frome and Bath

As a school, we provide a number of transport links meaning that travelling to Downside School couldn’t be simpler! These links are tailored to suit all our pupils, whether they are day pupils, boarders or international students.

Being a Somerset boarding school, at Downside School and Monastery we are enormously lucky to be able to boast impressive grounds that are both functional and visually spectacular. We are situated on a 500-acre site in the heart of rural Somerset, which includes a state-of-the-art performing arts centre, capable playing fields and sports facilities, woodland and green spaces and of course, the magnificent Abbey Church, which is one of only four Minor Basilicas in the country.

A beautiful Somerset boarding school set in breathtaking grounds.

Having all this space offer our pupils something above and beyond the timetable; it gives them space to breathe and room to inspire. But it is often the case that by having such amazing grounds and facilities can often mean a remote and hard to access location. Yet, this could not be further from the truth when it comes to Downside.

Listed below are the easiest ways for pupils to access Downside school from with Frome or Bath.

Downside School Transport Routes – Frome and Bath

Every morning and every evening Downside School provides minibus transportation services for pupils living in and around Frome and Bath.

To find out more about our minibus routes, discuss where your nearest stop is or to find out the termly fees, please visit our minibus transport page. It is worth noting that sibling discounts apply.

Travelling to Downside School from Frome

Our twice daily minibus route to Frome from Downside School calls at Frome, Mells, Holcombe and Downside School. If you live along this route, but not directly in one of the designated stops, let us know! If it’s safe to, we can arrange extra minibus stops.

Transport to Downside School from Bath

Currently, our pre-arranged minibus service from Downside School to Bath calls at various stops along the A367. These stops are according to where our current minibus passengers live. Please note that if you live beyond this route, please get in touch. More stop points can often be arranged.

If you are travelling from Bath to Downside School then, in addition to our minibus routes, we have a long-standing relationship with Prestige Taxis in Bath. Not only do they know the school well, but are familiar to the staff and are trusted by the school as a whole. They can offer weekend, daily or termly transport options on both a regular and one-off basis.

Because of the closeness with the school, it allows us to know exactly which pupils have taken a taxi. However, we do still ask that if you do book your pupil a taxi, that you either copy your child’s houseparent into an email or alert them directly so that they are fully informed of your child’s movements.

More Travel Information

In addition to these daily routes, we also offer a range of airport and railways transfers every end of term and half term. These can be arranged to transport pupils to Heathrow Airport, Bristol Airport, Bath Spa Railway Station and even to Richmond, South-West London.

To find out more about travelling to Downside School from Frome, Bath and beyond, please contact the HMPA team on 01761 235101 or email them.