COVID-19 – Information and Advice
The health and safety of residents, visitors and staff is of paramount importance to us all and we want to share ongoing information and advice related to COVID-19 (coronavirus).
As Bath begins to reopen and accommodation, attractions, shops, restaurants and bars start to welcome visitors once again, we have created the below guide with some FAQs about what you might need to know before you travel to Bath, along with the latest official coronavirus UK guidance.
- Find the latest information on the official UK Government website.
- Check your plans before you travel and be aware that opening hours may vary or be flexible at this time.
- Please check directly with venues, businesses and attractions for up-to-date information.
- Find out what you need to do if you’re travelling to the UK from other countries.
- For travellers already in the UK and who need medical advice, use the 111 online coronavirus service to get further information.
Where Can I Visit Now?
VisitEngland and the AA have both launched new industry standard marks as a way of supporting tourism businesses and providing reassurance to visitors. These industry standards are a way of letting you know which businesses have made necessary changes to their day-to-day workings, including social distancing measures and staff training.
Keep an eye out for the marks when planning your trip online. We will be adding these marks to all of the listings on the Visit Bath website, along with any further details provided by the businesses about the measures they are putting in place to welcome you safely.
What is Open?
Many of the visitor attractions and activities in Bath are currently open or will be opening soon. Check their website listings and social media channels for the latest information. To help you enjoy your visit with confidence, each have implemented ways to adhere to Governement guidelines including measures such as prebooked time slots, one-way routes, non-contact payment and smaller groups.
We are working hard to ensure that information on the Visit Bath website is relevant and up-to-date. However, this cannot be guaranteed due to the ever-changing nature of the current situation. Please check with restaurants, hotels, attractions and shops before visiting by calling ahead or checking their website directly.
Some Visitor Attractions that are Currently Open*
- American Museum and Gardens
- The Bishop's Palace and Gardens
- Dyrham Park – prebooking essential
- Prior Park Landscape Garden – prebooking essential
- Bath Skyline
- The Roman Baths – prebooking essential
- The Holburne Museum
- Bath Abbey
- City Sightseeing Bus Tours
- Bath Walking Tours
- The Soul Spa
- Bailey Balloons
- Bowood House & Gardens – prebooking essential
- Cheddar Gorge & Caves
- The Museum of Bath at Work
* this is not an exhaustive list, please check website listings for specific organisations.
Where Can I Stay?
Many accommodation businesses have remained open for key workers throughout lockdown. Bath has a wide variety of serviced accommodation available including hotels, bed and breakfast, apartments and cottages. We advise to check with the individual properties with regards to updated arrangements and always to book direct with the accommodation provider for the best deal and peace of mind.
Where Can I Eat?
Bath’s exceptional food and drink scene has gained the city a reputation as a delicious destination for a foodie break.
As places adapt to the Government restrictions, it is likely that pre-booking will be essential due to reduced capacity. Please remember to check details and make a reservation to avoid disappointment.
Many cafés and restaurants are expanding their outdoor seating and also offering takeaway services.
Top Tips for Visiting
Together with VisitEngland, we have put together a few simple steps to help you enjoy your trip to Bath and the surrounding area as safely as possible. Please remember to look after yourself, one another and the environment around us and travel responsibly.
- When planning your trip, check that important facilities – like toilets and car parks – are open before you travel so you know what to expect.
- If you have an attraction in mind, please check on online to see if you need to prebook a time slot.
- Check which restaurants, pubs and bars are open and whether they have outdoor seating, are taking table orders only or are operating a takeaway service.
- Keep two metres apart from anyone outside your household (one metre plus from the 4th July) – this not only applies to walking, but running, cycling, sitting and sunbathing too.
- Wear a face covering at all times when on public transport like buses, trains, ferries and taxis.
- Make sure you have a bank card; many outlets are currently only accepting cashless payments.
- Take hand sanitiser with you – you don’t know where will be open for you to wash your hands.
- Leave the car behind where possible and visit nearby attractions by walking or cycling.
Exploring Bath's Beautiful Outdoor Spaces
Heading outdoors seems more appealing than ever. Bath is a green city with plenty of parks and gardens to explore, and the compact nature of the city makes it ideal to explore on foot. And with the countryside on the city’s doorstep, you can easily take to the rolling hills and tranquil surroundings of Bath.
How Will Coronavirus Impact My Travel to Bath?
Here you'll find some resources for travelling safely to and within Bath.
Please check your plans before you travel directly with venues, businesses and attractions for up-to-date information on openings and any pre-travel steps you'll need to take, such as prebooked tickets or revised policies.
There are some changes to the public transport network to and within Bath. Please check this page on the Travelwest website for further information.
If you are travelling by air, Bristol Airport have a comprehensive COVID-19 page with FAQs.
Events and Festivals
Due to current Government regulations around social distancing and mass gatherings, many events in Bath have been cancelled or postponed. If you are planning on attending an event in Bath, please visit the event website for up-to-date information.
Visit Bath and our Member businesses are continually revising policies in line with the latest Public Health England (PHE) advice, which includes increased cleanliness and hygiene procedures as well as travel advice.
Guidance on prevention measures, which includes ensuring the washing of hands regularly, and covering your mouth/nose with tissues when coughing or sneezing, can be found at NHS.uk and more information can be found via the UK Government website.
Advice for tourism businesses is regularly updated by VisitBritain.
Conference organisers and delegates, please check directly with any venues for up-to-date information.
Visit the official UK Government website for the latest information on the coronavirus outbreak and advice for travellers, or take a look at the frequently asked questions on coronavirus on the National Heath Service (NHS) website.