Conference accessibility

CIfA 2020 aims to be as accessible and inclusive as possible. If you have any requests to make the conference more accessible for you, please get in touch at conference [at]

CIfA is committed to promoting equality and diversity for all its members. While delegates may or may not be CIfA members, we ask everyone to read and implement our equal opportunities policy.

If you have any problems accessing information or materials on this website, the conference team are happy to help. Please contact us at conference [at] or on Twitter @InstituteArch.

Venue accessibility

The Apex City of Bath Hotel is a built-for-purpose conferencing facilities. There is a ramp to access the hotel, spacious lift access to all levels, and accessible toilets readily available. There is a designated pick up and drop off point at the main entry with accessible car parking to the side of the hotel.

Hearing loops

The Apex's Lansdown Suite is fully equipped with hearing loops, but loops are unfortunately not available in the other spaces. If those sessions are of particular interest to you, please email our event manager at conference [at] and we see what arrangements can be made.

Quiet space

We have a room set aside as our quiet space, for anyone who may need it. If you anticipate needing the room, please contact our Event Manager at conference [at] or visit the registration desk on-site.

Babies and children

CIfA welcomes any delegates with babies. For those with very small ones, a private breast feeding room is available. If you would like access to this room, please contact our Event Manager at conference [at] or visit the registration desk on-site.
For children who are more mobile, we are happy for parents to tag-team in and out of the conference. Those with more fidgety children are welcome to come visit CIfA staff at the registration desk, though don't miss out on all Bath has to offer!
While we'll need to keep fire exits clear, if your little one falls asleep in a pram, you are more than welcome to pop into sessions with the pram, just please keep the doorway clear

Social event venues Komedia exterior

Bath Brew House exteriorOur wine reception and networking dinner will be held at the Bath Brew House, directly opposite the Apex City of Bath Hotel. The Bath Brew House has step-free access and an accessible toilet on the ground floor.

Our disco will be held at Komedia which is approximately 3 minutes' walk (0.2 miles) from the Apex City of Bath Hotel. Komedia is a wonderfully accessible venue, with step-free access, ground floor accessible toilets, even step-free access to the dance floor and stage area. Full details can be found here.

Conference bursary

While we have worked to keep conference costs as low as possible, we understand registration fees and the associated transport and accommodation costs can add up. To help reduce the impact of these fees, we have a conference bursary fund. Applications can be made to help reduce the costs of childcare during conference, additional travel expenses for carers, or other needs. For further information, please see our conference website.


Bath is a popular destination and prices can increase dramatically as the city gets busy in the springtime. We encourage all conference attendees to book their accommodation well in advance.
We have been provided a custom accommodation booking portal by Visit Bath. This includes a wide range of hotel options, but is by no means exclusive. Bath is also home to a Travelodge, Premier Inn, as well as other budget and independent hotels, some of which may not come up on or other sites. The Bath Apex has nine bedrooms with roll-in showers.

Bath Accessibility


Bath has a number of parking options throughout the city, from on-street residential parking to privately owned car parks. The blue badge parking scheme allows people with severe mobility problems to park close to their destination for free. Please note, parking in Bath car parks usually incurs a fee, even for blue badge holders. For full details, restrictions and car park locations, please visit the Bath and North East Somerset (BANES) blue badge page.

Bath train station

There is step free access for passengers; lifts or level access is available at all platforms. For further details, please view the station website.

Bath CityBus

All Bath city buses can accommodate one wheelchair. For more information, see Visit Bath's accessibility page.


Abbey Taxis and V Cars both offer accessible vehicles, which can be booked in advance.
Abbey Taxis: 01225 444 444
V Cars: 01225 464 646


There is a shop mobility in Manvers Street (near the station) where you can hire wheelchairs and scooters. Please refer to the [Shopmobility website for prices] (

General city accessibility

For more information about the City of Bath's accessibility, please see Visit Bath's Access for All page and their Accessibility statement.
BANES council are happy to advise on dropped curbs and navigating your way around the city in a wheelchair. You can phone them on 01225 477000.

Specific requirements

We are happy to make adjustments to ensure delegates have an enjoyable conference experience. In previous years, this has included sending programme materials and venue maps in advance, ensuring delegates had specialized seats, and access to a private quiet space for breastfeeding and/or self care. If you have any questions or concerns about accessibility or specific support requirements, please feel free to contact our Event Manager at conference [at]

Harassment-free conference

CIfA2019 is committed to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone. Please see our policy statements as well as BAJR's respect guide. To report harassment on-site, please contact Alex Llewellyn at the registration desk or via email at admin [at]

Information compiled by venues, Visit Bath, and CIfA staff.