With Bath’s businesses beginning to reopen their doors, we are looking forward to welcoming you back into the city. Here’s our guide to all of the things you need to know before you head into Bath, to help you make the most of your visit.
From 12th April 2021, many of Bath’s businesses reopened with COVID-secure precautions in place. Businesses permitted to reopen include all retail, personal care premises such as hairdressers, salons and close contact services, indoor leisure facilities such as gyms and spas (but not including saunas and steam rooms), outdoor attractions, and food and drink businesses with outdoor space.
If you are planning a meal out in the city, you can find a list of restaurants, cafés and bars that are reopening on the Bath Eats website.
You can find out what’s new in Bath on the Welcome to Bath blog.
The health and safety of residents, visitors and staff in the city is of paramount importance to us all, and we are doing everything we can to ensure that a visit to Bath is a safe one.
Help us to keep Bath safe by wearing a face covering (unless you’re exempt) at all times on public transport, in shops, at indoor attractions and venues, and when walking around in accommodation, restaurants and bars. Please also socially distance from anyone outside your household or support bubble, especially when visiting indoor spaces.
During your visit, please ensure you follow current government guidelines, keep your distance and stay safe.
Bath’s Clean Air Zone came into effect from Monday 15th March, with some vehicles now needing to pay a daily charge to drive in the city centre if they do not meet the required emission standards. Please note, charges do not apply to private cars and motorbikes, even if you use them for work (excluding taxis and private hire vehicles).
You can find out more about the Clean Air Zone on the Bath & North East Somerset Council website.
There are several car parks in Bath city centre, as well as the Park and Ride bus services.
You can find full details on each car park’s facilities and pricing on the B&NES Council website.
City Centre Car Parks
- Bath Sports and Leisure Centre – BA24ET (Free parking after 8pm until 8am)
- Broad Street – BA1 5LW (Free parking after 8pm until 8am)
- Cattle Market – BA1 5BD (Free parking after 8pm until 8am)
- Claverton Street – BA2 4JP (Free parking after 8pm until 8am)
- Kingsmead Square – BA12AA (Free parking after 8pm)
- Avon Street – BA1 1UF (Free parking after 8pm until 8am)
- Charlotte Street – BA1 2NE (Free parking after 8pm until 8am)
- Manvers Street – BA1 1JZ (Free parking after 8pm until 8am)
- SouthGate Shopping Centre Car Park – BA1 1TP (From 6pm–12am, it costs just £2 to park)
- Bath Waterside Car Park – BA2 4JP (£6 for up to 24 hours)
- Podium Car Park – BA1 5BN
Park and Ride
- Lansdown – BA1 9BJ – Located North of Bath with services to Bath City Centre (Milsom Street)
- Newbridge – BA1 3NB – Located West of Bath with services to Bath City Centre (Westgate Buildings)
- Odd Down – BA2 8PA – Located South of Bath with services to Bath City Centre (SouthGate) and Royal United Hospital
You can find full details including timetables on the Travelwest website.
All car parks, except Cattle Market and Claverton Street, offer disabled car parking spaces.
If you are a Blue Badge holder, you can find details of where you can use your badge and any charges that may apply on the B&NES Council website.
Throughout the year, the Bath BID’s friendly team of volunteer Welcome Ambassadors are on hand to answer questions and offer advice to people visiting the city centre. These volunteers are the friendly faces of Bath, offering everybody a warm and informed welcome to the city centre. Look out for them as you wander around the city; they will be dressed in bright blue Welcome to Bath jackets. If you are looking for advice or recommendations, the team will be happy to help.
There is nothing worse than needing the toilet but not knowing where to go. You can browse public toilets that are currently open in Bath on our handy interactive map.
We would suggest that you pre-book and plan your visit in advance. From making dinner reservations to booking a time slot at the Roman Baths, be sure to do this all in advance to avoid disappointment.