Local information

Visitor Information Centre - visitBath

The Bath Visitor Information Centre is located in the city centre, next to Bath Abbey. To obtain further information and advice about Bath visit the web site at http://visitbath.co.uk/plan-your-visit/visitor-information-centre or click here.

Tourist information

Bath is easy to explore and became a World Heritage Site in 1987. The city’s theatres, museums and other cultural and sporting venues have helped to make it a major centre for tourism and nearly 3.8 million visitors a year visit the city.

For Bath tourist information, please visit visitbath.co.uk.

The Bath Visitor Information Centre is located in the city centre, next to Bath Abbey and open on:
Monday - Saturday: 09.30 - 17.30 
Sundays: 10.00 – 16.00 

Highlights include:

  • Roman Baths - The amazingly complete remains of The Roman baths and the Victorian restoration are still fed by water from one of Bath’s three hot springs.The Roman Baths is one of the finest historic sites in Northern Europe, and one of the most popular tourist attractions in the UK. It is run by the Heritage Services section of Bath & North East Somerset Council. The Roman Baths attracts around one million visitors a year – making it one of the most visited heritage attractions in the United Kingdom.
  • Parade Gardens - Majestic park at river level over looking the weir and providing the perfect retreat from shopping! These delightful gardens are Bath’s most centrally situated and popular pleasure grounds, attracting both tourists and residents. Overlooking the River Avon they give fine views of Robert Adams Pulteney Bridge and the weir, especially from the colonnade built early in the last century.
  • Shopping - Bath is one of the UK’s top locations for a spa and retail therapy break. As well as Bath’s abundance of popular and independent shops, you can also find a selection of renowned markets and festivals that bring top quality traders and a lively atmosphere to the city streets on a regular basis.
  • Bath Abbey - Bath’s splendid Abbey, dating from 1499, marks the very centre of the town. Bath is a city but this is not classed as a cathedral – the cathedral for the diocese is in Wells, 20 miles away. The carvings on the front of the Abbey were recently restored to their full glory, and show off the honey colours of Bath stone untouched by exhaust pollution. Bishop Oliver King, who built the Abbey after God appeared to him in a dream, has his visions depicted on the front. The area round the altar ceiling is medieval. Services are held every day and all are welcome.

Useful local information 

  • Money - Britain's currency is the pound sterling (£). Credit cards - especially Visa and Mastercard - are widely accepted in restaurants, bars, cafés and shops. American Express and Diners Club cards are less commonly accepted. There are plenty of cash machines (also known as cashpoints or ATMs) available in and around Bath.

  • VAT - Value-added tax (VAT) is a 20% sales tax levied on most goods and services except basic food items, books and children's clothing. Restaurants must, by law, include VAT in their menu prices. If you are travelling for leisure or business purposes, you may be eligible for a VAT refund. The VAT refund scheme is called the Retail Export Scheme or Tax-Free Shopping. www.hmrc.gov.uk/vat/sectors/consumers/overseas-visitors.htm

  • Electricity - UK appliances are fitted with three-pin plugs that can be connected to the UK mains supply through wall sockets. Unlike the sockets in many other countries, these have a switch to turn the power supply on and off - make sure you've turned it on if you're trying to charge your appliance. UK power sockets deliver an average voltage of 230v, although in practice this can be slightly higher. To charge devices that are compatible with this voltage, simply buy the appropriate adapter from the airport or from high street shops. If your device runs on a lower voltage, however, then you will also need a converter to stop it from over-heating. Even if your country uses lower voltages, remember to check whether your device is dual-voltage (look for the 110-240v notation) before buying a converter.

  • Telephone - If you're visiting the University of Bath from abroad, don't forget that the UK dialling code is +44 (which replaces the 0) and to check your own country's code before you travel. If you are travelling to Bath from abroad, using your mobile phone may cost you more than it does at home. Check your network's roaming charges before you travel.

  • Climate and weather - The UK has a changeable climate. For the latest local BBC weather report click here.

  • Health services - The National Health Service (NHS) is the main healthcare provider in the UK. NHS treatment is free for UK residents. Overseas nationals are not eligible for free NHS treatment except if they need emergency treatment while in the UK. You are strongly advised to take out travel insurance to cover any medical expenses. If you come from a country that holds a UK healthcare agreement, you are entitled to free or reduced-cost medical treatment if needed immediately for a condition that started after your arrival in the UK. If you're visiting from Europe, you need to carry a valid EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) in case you need immediate and necessary medical treatment in an NHS hospital. Without this you can be charged for treatment. Travel insurance is still advisable as it offers greater flexibility over where and how you're treated, and can cover expenses not paid for by the NHS. Find out more on the NHS website www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcareabroad

  • Emergencies - Visitors should be aware of their personal safety. Call 999 for the emergency services (police, fire and ambulance) which is a free call from any phone. You can also call 112 for non-life threatening assistance and to report crimes. To report non-urgent crime, call the police on 101 from within the UK.

Key dates

  • Abstract submission deadline (extended):
    18 April 2017
  • Early registration deadline:
    14 August 2017
  • Registration deadline:
    1 September 2017