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Visit an Emperor’s Palace in Bath
A Guided Tour with an authentic Caribbean Lunch option on Sundays in Bath
Fairfield House, Home of H.I.M Haile Selassie I, 2 Kelston Road, BA1 3QJ, is for the first time opening each Sunday to visitors by guided tour. This hidden piece of Bath’s history holds an amazing story, home to Emperor Haile Selassie I and the Ethiopian Royal family, during those difficult years of exile from Ethiopia from 1936 - 1941, where the Emperor was working tirelessly to liberate his country from fascism.
Discover stories about his court in exile, his prophetic speech to the League of Nations, his faith, his friendship with Sylvia Pankhurst, Empress Menen’s role in educating young women and the young Princes’ time in Bath. So warm was the welcome from the people of Bath, that in gratitude he gifted the house to the Corporation of Bath for use by the Elderly.
Today it is cared for and presented by its diverse communities, comprising the elders of Bath Ethnic Minority Senior Citizens Association, local people and both the Ethiopian and Rastafari community, as a cultural beacon and place of pilgrimage for those of the African diaspora and beyond. This is a unique opportunity to hear the history and understand the deep connection the Emperor made with the City of Bath. An uplifting and inspiring slice of Black History for our times.
Tours last just over 60 minutes, starting at 12pm and 1.30pm, and include the gardens. Adults £10, Senior Citizens and Students £8, Children aged 6-18 £5, Children 5 and under free.
Visitors are encouraged to use the no 19 Bus (Partis College bus stop) or walk, limited parking onsite will be subject to an additional charge of £5 (except blue badge holders).
A Caribbean Lunch is available for all visitors after the guided tour, with both meat and vegan options priced at £8 per Adult plate and £5 for Children
This is a ticketed event. To avoid disappointment please book tickets prior to your visit
Limited Tickets Available : www.ticketsource.co.uk/fairfield-house