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Fairfield House, Home of H.I.M Haile Selassie I

Fairfield House, Bath, BA1 3QJ

Type:Historic House/Palace

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A Guided Tour with an authentic Caribbean Lunch option on Sundays in Bath. 

Fairfield House, Home of H.I.M Haile Selassie I, is for the first time opening each Sunday to visitors by guided tour. This hidden piece of Bath’s history holds an amazing story, home to Emperor Haile Selassie I and the Ethiopian Royal family, during those difficult years of exile from Ethiopia from 1936 - 1941, where the Emperor was working tirelessly to liberate his country from fascism.

Discover stories about his court in exile, his prophetic speech to the League of Nations, his faith, his friendship with Sylvia Pankhurst, Empress Menen’s role in educating young women and the young Princes’ time in Bath. So warm was the welcome from the people of Bath, that in gratitude he gifted the house to the Corporation of Bath for use by the Elderly.

Today it is cared for and presented by its diverse communities, comprising the elders of Bath Ethnic Minority Senior Citizens Association, local people and both the Ethiopian and Rastafari community, as a cultural beacon and place of pilgrimage for those of the African diaspora and beyond. This is a unique opportunity to hear the history and understand the deep connection the Emperor made with the City of Bath.

Tours last just over 60 minutes, starting at 12pm and 1.30pm, and include the gardens. Adults £10, Senior Citizens and Students £8, Children aged 6-18 £5, Children 5 and under free.

Visitors are encouraged to use the no 19 Bus (Partis College bus stop) or walk, limited parking onsite will be subject to an additional charge of £5 (except blue badge holders).

A Caribbean Lunch is available for all visitors after the guided tour, with both meat and vegan options priced at £8 per Adult plate and £5 for Children

This is a ticketed event. Tickets are also available on the door but to avoid disappointment please consider booking tickets prior to your visit. 

Limited Tickets Available: www.ticketsource.co.uk/fairfield-house

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Facilities

Accessibility

  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users - We have a wheelchair access for the interior of the building, seating and an elevator
  • Assistance Dogs
  • Designated parking provided for guests with disabilities
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp/Level Access

Catering

  • On-Site café/restaurant
  • Picnic Site

Children & Infants

  • Baby Changing Facilities

Establishment Features

  • Staff fluent in foreign languages ** (List of languages are separately given) - Dutch and Chinese Tour Guides available with notice

Parking & Transport

  • On Bus Route
  • On site parking
  • Parking (charge)

Payment Methods

  • Special group rates

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted

Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted

Show Facilities

Opening Times

Open every Sunday (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)
DayTimes
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* Tours are available every Sunday at 12pm and 1:30pm. Tickets are currently available for tours up until the end of March 2023.

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Find out about the latest on the roads and get travel directions from TravelWest.info
Bath is operating a charging Clean Air Zone. Owners of all higher emission vehicles – except private cars and motorbikes – will need to pay to drive in the city centre. To check if you need to pay or to apply for an exemption or discount, go to bathnes.gov.uk/BathCAZ

Public Transport Directions

For comprehensive information on how to get here using public transport, visit TravelWest.info
Bath is operating a charging Clean Air Zone. Owners of all higher emission vehicles – except private cars and motorbikes – will need to pay to drive in the city centre. To check if you need to pay or to apply for an exemption or discount, go to bathnes.gov.uk/BathCAZ

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Map and Directions

Road Directions

Find out about the latest on the roads and get travel directions from TravelWest.info
Bath is operating a charging Clean Air Zone. Owners of all higher emission vehicles – except private cars and motorbikes – will need to pay to drive in the city centre. To check if you need to pay or to apply for an exemption or discount, go to bathnes.gov.uk/BathCAZ

Public Transport Directions

For comprehensive information on how to get here using public transport, visit TravelWest.info
Bath is operating a charging Clean Air Zone. Owners of all higher emission vehicles – except private cars and motorbikes – will need to pay to drive in the city centre. To check if you need to pay or to apply for an exemption or discount, go to bathnes.gov.uk/BathCAZ
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