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General Info about Bath, England


Visa Requirements

EU citizens may live and work free of any immigration controls. Citizens of the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are generally allowed to stay six months without a visa. Citizens off all other countries should check the visa requirements at the UK Embassy in their country before travel.


Currency

The pound sterling (GBP) is the currency used in England as well as the rest of Great Britain.


Language

The language spoken in Bath is English.


Climate

Bath has a temperate climate, which means it sees warm summers and relatively mild winters. January is generally the coldest month, when temperatures usually stay at an average of around 2ºC. It's hottest here during the summer months of July and August when the average daily temperature is approximately 21ºC. December and January see the most rainfall; however, the weather here can be quite changeable so it's a good idea to pack an umbrella to deal with the rain showers which are liable to occur at any time of year.


Medical Care

Medical care is free to residents of the UK. If you are from outside England, even if you are a member of an EU member state, you may be required to pay for any medical treatment.


Time Zone

Bath is located in the Greenwich Mean Time Zone (GMT) which is one hour behind Central European Time (CET) and five hours ahead of Easter Standard Time (EST).


Opening Hours

Shops in Bath are generally open between 9am-6pm, with late night shopping on a Thursday. Many shops now also open on Sundays from 12pm-5pm. Banks generally open between 9.30am and 3.30pm or 5.00pm.


Tourist Offices

The main tourist office is the Bath Tourist Information Centre, Abbey Chambers, Abbey Churchyard. Its opening hours are as follows: June-Sept Mon-Sat 9.30am-6pm, Sun 10am-4pm; Oct-May Mon-Sat 9.30am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm.


Tax

In Britain, a 17.5% sales tax (VAT) is levied on all goods and services. With regards to shopping, this tax can be claimed back on goods taken out of the country by non-nationals but not all stores participate in this 'Retail Export Scheme' so, before purchasing, look for a sign or enquire.


Currency Exchange

Banks tend to offer the best exchange rates and commission is sometimes charged for cashing travellers’ cheques in foreign currencies. There are a huge number of cash points throughout the city and all major credit cards are widely accepted. These can also be used to obtain cash advances. You can also use regular bankcards which are members of the bigger international networks including Cirrus, Plus and Link in ATMs throughout Bath.


Electricity

The electrical current used in Bath is 220 Volts AC/50 Hz and a 3-pin plug must be used.


Telephones

The international code for the UK is +44. The area code for Bath is 01225. If you're calling from outside the UK, dial the international code of the country you’re in, drop the first 0 for Bath and dial the number. If you’re dialling overseas from within Bath, dial 00 (international access code), the country code, then area code and the local number.


Post Office

The main post office is located at 25 New Bond Street.


Tipping

Some restaurants in Bath include a service charge in the bill and if that’s the case a tip isn’t necessary. However, if it’s not, you should leave a tip amounting to at least 10% unless you were unhappy with the service.


Public Holidays

It is worth noting what the public holidays are before you travel there as the majority of businesses, banks and shops usually shut for the day.

In England they take place on January 1st (New Year’s Day), Good Friday, Easter Monday, first Monday in May (Early May Bank Holiday), last Monday in May (Spring Bank Holiday), last Monday in August (Summer Bank Holiday), December 25th (Christmas Day) and December 26th (Boxing Day).

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