Guidebook Updates for England

When we learn of critical changes to the information in our guidebooks on England, we post them here. (Of course, it's still smart to reconfirm critical transportation and sightseeing details locally.) Armed with a Rick Steves guidebook and these late-breaking updates, you're set for a great trip!

Bath & Nearby

  • Tickets to the Roman and Medieval Baths aren't currently being sold through the baths' website, but combo-tickets that cover both the baths and the Fashion Museum are available online from the Visit Bath Shop.

  • Mad Max Tours, which operates tours to Stonehenge, Avebury, and several Cotswolds villages, has reconfigured its tour lineup (see their site for the latest information).

For books printed before January 2014, the following may also apply:
  • Brocks Guest House has new managers (and owners), and new rates (Db-£99, Db with fireplace-£109, larger Db-£119, Db suite-£129, Karen and Rachel).
For books printed before August 2013, the following may also apply:
Wells
  • Canon Grange B&B has closed.
Avebury
  • Mrs. Dixon's B&B has closed.

Cambridge

For books printed before August 2013, the following may apply:

  • Debbie and Micheal Beckett no longer rent a room in their home.

Durham

  • The Hide Café and Melanzana Restaurant have closed.

Lake District

  • The 2013 price of a double room (with bath) at Badgers Wood Guest House is £72. The B&B now offers free parking for guests (one spot per room).

London

  • St. James's Palace is a half-mile northeast (not northwest) of Buckingham Palace.
  • The Imperial War Museum is closed while it carries out renovation of its WWI galleries and atrium; it's scheduled to reopen on July 19, 2014.
  • The Westland Hotel, near Kensington Gardens, has closed.
  • Mooli's restaurant, in Soho, has closed.
  • The Wagamama on Norris Street, near Piccadilly, has closed.
  • The Stockpot restaurant on Patton Street, near Piccadilly, has closed.
  • Jenny Lo's Tea House, west of Victoria Station, has closed.
  • Evan Evans' guided bus tours to Bath via Salisbury and Stonehenge may vary the order of its stops en route (depending on the day of the week).
  • The Gate Hotel, in Notting Hill, has closed.
  • The URL for the Jubilee Hotel is www.jubileehotel.co.uk (no hyphen).
  • Rates for double rooms at the Univeristy of Westminster were listed incorrectly in some editions of the book; the correct prices are D-£56–65 and Db-£72–93.

For books printed before August 2013, the following may also apply:

Orientation
Sights
  • Certain parts of the Imperial War Museum are closed for renovation (the First and Second World War Galleries, as well as the atrium, which normally displays airplanes, tanks, and artillery). However, plenty remains open at the museum, and a visit is still worthwhile (the atrium and WWI gallery are due to reopen in summer of 2014).
  • The Cartoon Museum is no longer closed on Monday. Hours are Mon–Sat 10:30–17:30, Sun 12:00–17:30.
Sleeping
  • Cartref House B&B, on Ebury Street, has closed.
  • Aster House has a new email address: asterhouse@gmail.com.
  • Barn Cottage, a B&B near Gatwick Airport, has closed its doors.
Greenwich
  • Admission to the Cutty Sark is no longer by timed ticket; advance booking is still a good idea, but not crucial.

North Yorkshire

  • The Moorsbus, which had operated in the North York Moors vicinity, is no longer running.

Oxford

Portsmouth

  • The Sallyport tearoom has closed.

Stonehenge

The new visitors center is now open at Stonehenge (open daily June–Aug 9:00–20:00, mid-March–May and Sept–mid-Oct 9:30–19:00, and mid-Oct–March 9:30–17:00; last entry two hours before closing). Tickets are sold based on timed entry, and advance reservations are officially required — and the only way to guarantee entry (only a limited number of walk-in tickets are available each day).

Stratford

  • The Old Barn, a shop that offered bag storage, has closed, which means there's currently no place (to our knowledge) to stash bags in Stratford.

Warwick

  • Agincourt Lodge has closed.

York

  • The long-running Haunted Walk evening ghost tour is no longer offered.
  • At the York Minster, several examples of the Great East Window's stained glass (currently behind scaffolding) can be viewed up close in the new Orb, an elliptical treasure house located inside the Minster.