Where is the best place to stay for 3 days in Southwest England?
That rather depends on what you want to do and see !
If you are reliant on public transport, then Bath is more central, but also more expensive !
There is more on offer in Bath and still easy to do a day to Salisbury and stonehenge. Makes not much difference to your Torguay trip. don't know why you want to go to Torquay but for sightseeing I'd much prefer the Isle of purbeck. Not really an island, just a big lump that sticks out of the bottom of Dorset.
Also not open to the public but the lar.gest on shore oil wells in Europe at Wytch farm.Edited: 20 August 2015, 12:16
If you stop at Salisbury, Bath is about an hour (Depending on traffic) away by car, so not to bad for a day trip, Or you could take the train just be aware there are some engineering works going on at bath spa so delays could be possible, Bath is lovely, a city but doesn't feel like one, Salisbury is also nice, make sure you go and see the cathedral. If you are planning on driving to Torquay the A 303 is the best route to Devon But don't go near the A303 near Stonehenge on a Friday as you will be sat in traffic for hours. or again take the train from Salisbury to Exeter st Davids and I think you can change there for Torquay.the whole train Journey takes 2.5hours, Let me know if you need any more help
Salisbury's a city too ;-)
I think I'd stay in or around Salisbury if Bath is just a day trip. Wherever you stay, check on parking.
Daytime parking is actually very good in Salisbury as it has a large central car park and 5 Park & Ride sites on the outskirts. However not all of the city centre hotels have their own parking bays, so if that is important to you, best check before booking.
It depends what you enjoy doing. If it's urban exploration and history my money is on Bath. If you would like to be in a walkable, great little town (city of 10,000) with a good Saturday market, good food and plenty of impressive history, I'd pick Wells. From Wells you can bus it to Glastonbury and Street or Bath as it is between those places and it's less expensive than Bath. If you are staying in Bath and have three full days why not spend one of them out on a part or whole day tour like the Cotswolds or Stonehenge?Edited: 08 October 2015, 18:06
Why is Torquey a no-go for you, Rojblake?