The Roman Baths welcomes first visitors of 2021


The Roman Baths welcomed visitors back through its doors today, having been closed since 31 December 2020 due to government Covid lockdown restrictions.

The very first visitors of the day were John and Sue Jenkins, from Riverside, Bath, who were met by Bath & North East Somerset Council leader, Councillor Kevin Guy and Roman Bath’s staff.

Councillor Guy said: “Re-opening the Roman Baths is a big step forward in our recovery as we ease out of lockdown and I was absolutely delighted to greet Sue and John.

“The balance is now shifting thanks to the rollout of vaccines and testing. So our priorities are to support the recovery of our High Streets and local businesses in a sustainable way. The safe reopening of the Roman Baths, as well as the Fashion Museum and the Victoria Art Gallery, will be a huge boost to businesses in the city and we look forward to welcoming visitors back to Bath & North East Somerset.”

Sue Jenkins, 65, said: “We moved to Bath a year ago from Lacock and have spent this last lockdown walking past the Roman Baths most days wishing we could come inside and look around. The last time I was here was aged 18 so today has been great to be able at last to revisit the Roman Baths.

John, 68, added: “We have also got our tickets for the Fashion Museum and The Victoria Art Gallery and are really looking forward to being able to explore them too. The Roman Baths was always a place we wanted to visit since moving to the city last year. We feel really safe visiting the Baths with all the measures that have been put in place and we enjoyed our warm welcome.”

Pre-booking for the Roman Baths opened in mid-March and has proved popular with more than 7,600 tickets booked so far.

The Fashion Museum and Victoria Art Gallery – also run by Bath & North East Somerset Council – will reopen tomorrow (Tuesday 18 May) after being closed for more than a year due to the pandemic.

The Fashion Museum will open with a stunning new exhibition called Shoephoria!, featuring more than 350 pairs of boots and shoes, many drawn from the Museum’s world-class collection, alongside ‘star’ shoes borrowed for the exhibition.

The Victoria Art Gallery will host a major new exhibition by celebrated British painter Kurt Jackson, whose passion for nature and commitment to the environment are central to his work. The exhibition, Kurt Jackson: Biodiversity, will display works seen for the first time, highlighting important issues around biodiversity.

Safety measures are in place at all three venues to protect visitors and staff this means reduced capacity and one-way systems have been introduced, along with increased cleaning and screens at ticket desks. Visitors are required to wear a face covering unless exempt.

All visitors must book online in advance.

Admission is free for residents of Bath and North East Somerset, with a Discovery Card or other proof of residence. Free tickets must be booked online in advance. For more details visit www.romanbaths.co.uk/residents.

www.romanbaths.co.uk

www.fashionmuseum.co.uk

www.victoriagal.org.uk

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