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BATH – beautiful, wheelchair accessible places that are well worth a visit

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Bath is a beautiful, historic city located in Somerset, UK, which has been a wellbeing destination since Roman times. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But is it possible to visit the world famous tourist attractions like the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey as a wheelchair user?

We visited the city centre and checked its accessibility. We can say that Bath city centre is wheelchair friendly, and although there is room for improvement, it is definitely worth a visit. You can find a lot of useful information on accessibility on the official Bath city website Accessible Bath – Visit Bath.

Even though we visited Bath on a week day, it was quite busy. If you don’t like crowds, it is probably better to avoid weekends and holidays.

Here is what our day in Bath looked like:

We found a free blue badge parking space at New Bond Street, which is located within a walking distance from all the places we have visited. There were a few spaces available along the road.

Blue badge parking spaces at New Bond Street, Bath

If you prefer to leave your car outside the city, there is a Park and Ride car park and wheelchair accessible buses.

The streets in the city centre are mostly flat, but with some uneven surfaces – parts were quite bumpy. There are lots of accessible shops, cafes and restaurants; unfortunately, some shops (especially gift shops in historic buildings) do have steps. We had a great dinner at a lovely restaurant called The Botanist The Botanist Bar & Restaurant Bath | Cocktail Bar, Brunch & Sunday Roasts | The Botanist, which you might recognise from a Channel 4 TV program “First Dates”. The food was delicious, the meals were reasonably priced and the restaurant looked amazing.

Entry to the Botanist Restaurant, Bath
The Botanist Restaurant, Bath
The Botanist Restaurant, Bath
The Botanist, Bath

After that, we had a look at some shops in the Bath Guildhall Market, wheelchair accessible entry from the High Street side. There were some really interesting things to buy there.

Bath Guildhall Market
Bath Guildhall Market
Bath Guildhall Market
Bath Guildhall Market

The first tourist attraction we visited was Bath Abbey. It is a beautiful, historic church, located in the city centre. We were impressed by its accessibility. We could see all the church, including the museum on the lower floor. There was also a very spacious changing room toilet with a hoist. Free carer’s tickets available.

Bath Abbey
Bath Abbey
Bath Abbey
Bath Abbey
Bath Abbey
Bath Abbey
Bath Abbey
Lift to the museum in Bath Abbey
Bath Abbey, lift to the museum
Changing place toilet at Bath Abbey
Changing place toilet at Bath Abbey
Bath Abbey, Museum
Bath Abbey, Museum
Bath Abbey, Museum
Bath Abbey, Museum
Bath Abbey
Bath Abbey, gift shop
Bath Abbey, gift shop

The next place we visited was The Roman Baths, located very close to Bath Abbey. We skipped the queue and were offered a free carer’s ticket. It is a unique place to visit in the centre of Bath, with 2000 years of history to explore and it is wheelchair accessible. There are lifts to every level, staff is very helpful and will direct you to the best route. You also get an accessibility map on entry. The biggest challenge was the floor by the Great Bath, which is very uneven (it is around 2000 years old) and there was quite a deep drain across it, so we decided not to go to the East Baths. Only assistance dogs allowed. Accessible toilets available.

Roman Baths
Roman Baths
Roman Baths
Roman Baths
Roman Baths
Roman Baths
Roman Baths
Roman Baths
Roman Baths
Roman Baths
Roman Baths
Roman Baths
Roman Baths
Roman Baths
Roman Baths
Roman Baths
Uneven floor and drain by the Great Bath
Roman Baths, accessibility information
Roman Baths, accessibility information
Roman Baths
One of the lifts at Roman Baths
Roman Baths
Roman Baths
Roman Baths
Roman Baths
Roman Baths

Right outside the Roman Baths, there are many shops and cafes. The surface of the roads is quite flat and even.

Bath city centre
Bath city centre
Bath city centre
Bath city centre
Bath city centre

The last place we visited in Bath was beautiful Pulteney Bridge.

Pulteney Bridge
Access to Riverside Walk

Unfortunately, the pavement at Grove Street is narrow and uneven and quite steep at the turning, but it wasn’t far. Shane decided to go on the road.

Grove Street, Bath
Tunnel by Riverside Walk, Pulteney Bridge, Bath
At Riverside Walk, near Pulteney Bridge, Bath

It really was a great day out and we hope to visit Bath again to see some more wheelchair accessible places.

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