Updated Information (30th March)    Wheelchairs can be hired from THE ONE STOP SHOP in Manvers Street, Bath (Opposite Police Station).   Open Saturdays 9.00-4.30 - also during the week, but check times, could be the same.

 

There is a Shopmobility scheme in Bath and Somerset. I've taken the liberty of ' cutting and pasting'  the relevant bit from the website, in the interests of accuracy, below - but you can go directly to the website for uptodate information : www.cityofbath.co.uk   

The Disabled Living Foundation also has a factsheet about Wheelchair access 

Shopmobility is a loan service of manual or powered wheelchairs and electric scooters to anyone with limited mobility. The shop is located at 4 Railway Street, close to accessible shops, the bus and railway station, plus allows for a drop-off point from other modes of transport Bath. Tel 01225 481744 Facsimile 01225 481744 or Minicom 01225 481773             There is a small charge towards running costs as listed below: Electric Scooters & Powered Wheelchairs £1 per hire (up to 2 hours) Manual Chairs 50p per hire (up to 2 hours) Proof of identity may be required when hiring vehicles. Shopmobility is open to anyone with limited mobility, whether temporary or permanent and regardless of age or disability. You do not need to be a registered disabled person.         Opening Times Monday - Friday 9.30am to 4.30pm Saturday 9.00am to 1.00pm The service can be used in and around the city centre whether for shopping, entertainment or business purposes. We offer a choice of manual or powered wheelchair or electric scooter. Staff will be available to welcome you on arrival and offer any assistance necessary. We recommend that you book in advance to ensure a vehicle will be available. You will be shown how to operate the vehicle safely and have a chance to practice before embarking on your trip. Staff can meet you at various drop-off points if you make prior arrangements. We also offer an escort service, if you prefer a companion on your trip, which is open to people with sensory or mobility impairment. This will be subject to the availability of voluteers.     Access leaflets are also available from tourism@bathnes.gov.uk         Access Officer for Bath & North East Somerset Council eamon_mcclelland@bathnes.gov.uk             There are free parking spaces for Orange/blue Badge Holders in all the Council's car parks, and you will find on-street parking spaces reserved for orange/blue badge holders in many city and town locations. In Bath, these are located outside the Guildhall, on New Orchard Street and outside the Theatre Royal. Please note that there are time limits on all on-street parking bays – look at the signs near the bay for more information. All on-street parking (single and double yellow lines) is free to Orange/blue Badge Holders for up to 3 hours, but you are not exempt from the tow-away scheme if your vehicle is thought to be creating a hazard. Many buses in the area now have low floors for easy access, including the new park&ride buses operating from three car-parks around the city. These are accessible by wheelchair users, and there are secure spaces for you and your wheelchair.         National Rail passenger information, Tel 0345 48 49 50 Badgerline passenger information, Tel 01225 464446 Black Cabs - wheelchair accessible are available from: Bath Taxis, Tel 01225 48 4488 Rainbow, Tel 01225 460606 Somerset Private Hire, tel 01761 415895 Tripscope, tel 0345 585641 A transport information service available free for elderly and disabled people. The alternative would be to hop (!) on a tour bus that will let you get on and off all over the city for the one price. I believe there's a couple of those. The 'First' bus company that runs the 'normal' buses will let you ride all day after 9am on any of their buses round the city for something like three pounds. Just to clarify - the 'First' buses won't have a commentary or a guide - because they're the normal public transport system ! Obviously the 'proper' Open Top Sightseeing buses with recorded commentary or live guide will cost more. If you go to the Costume Museum, at the Assembly Rooms, the museum is in the basement. The stairs may be too difficult  but you must ask the assistants for the use of the lift - as you can go down in it if accompanied by a member of staff. If the lift is out of action, I understand there is another entrance, the other side of the building which they can open up especially for you to use, I'm not sure why this is - possibly it has a ramp. You can look at the Assembly rooms on the ground floor without paying a ticket, providing they are not in use. These are the Ball Room, the Octagonal card room, the tea room. They are beautiful. Sometimes they have concerts, meetings, weddings going on there, in which case there will be limited access. You can get a combined ticket to visit the Roman Baths museum and the Assembly Rooms. The Roman Baths Museum is in the basement too - and not accessible by lift. You may be able to access on crutches - but there are steps/stairs all over the place, and the stone floors can be slippery, particularly in the 'baths' and outside area. The Pump room is free for entry - you can eat there / have tea - and is all on the ground floor - you can look down into the King's Bath from the windows of the anteroom and the pump room - and see the steam (in winter) rising from the water. The central, pedestrianised part of Bath is mainly flat - it's in the bottom of the valley. As you go towards Royal Crescent and the Circus the ground rises and those with mobility problems might find this difficult - but you could take a hop on/hop off/ sightseeing bus up to the Royal Crescent (goes through Royal Victoria Park)and then walk downhill to the centre of town, visiting the Circus, the Assembly Rooms, Museum of Costume etc. en route. Pulteney Bridge, the Abbey, The Roman Baths Museum, the Holborne Museum and Great Pultney Street are all on the level. There is a large car park at Avon Street Car Park, not on the park and ride scheme - but the sightseeing bus has a stop by the Riverside Coach park, nearby, where the big foreign/UK tour buses park. This 'bus-stop'  is alongside the actual  'coach' park, not the bus station which is near the railway station. The most central car parks are quite expensive (around one pound per hour) and you may have to wait a while for a space. Some are limited to four hours parking at a time too.