Visitors’ guide

Updated July 2020

Great news! We are opening the Bach Centre to visitors, under a strict appointment-only system.

You can request a visit for up to four visitors using the calendar below. We will review your details and send you a confirmation of your booking. *Please make sure you fill in all the required information and provide details of each visitor*. This allows the Centre to abide by the track and trace system here in the UK. If you have a group size bigger than four please contact us by email – or telephone on the numbers below.

Please note – only two people at a time are allowed into the house and shop. Bookings are timed to allow a half-hour deep clean break between each visit to make sure everyone is safe when they visit us.

You can still shop online and contact us by email.  If you need to contact us by telephone, please see below.

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Address of the Bach Centre:

The Dr Edward Bach Centre
Mount Vernon
Bakers Lane
Brightwell-cum-Sotwell
Oxfordshire
OX10 0PZ
England

Tel: +44 1491 834678. This line is usually open 9.30am-12.30pm Monday-Friday, but there may be limited access during the Covid-19 crisis. If there is no answer please email your query to centaury@bachcentre.com or contact 07984 803231 (text preferred) and we will answer as soon as we can. Thank you.

Opening times

  • Garden, house and shop open to visitors by appointment Tuesday to Friday, 10:30 am to 16.00 pm
  • Café open to visitors Tuesday to Friday, 10:30 am to 15:30 pm; and to students from 09:00 am, on course days
  • Phone lines open Monday to Friday, 9.30 am to 12.30 pm
  • Closed at weekends and on UK public holidays and between Christmas and New Year

Groups of up to five people don’t need an appointment. Please contact us in advance if your party numbers more than five – and see the separate advice on bringing a group.

There is no charge to visit and look around the house and garden. Remedy plants are signposted, and there is a scrapbook in Dr. Bach’s room and a small museum upstairs that give an idea of our history. Our café, Nora’s Kitchen, serves light lunches, teas, and coffees.

You will need to book one of our half-day seminars if your group wants a more structured visit, including a presentation and the chance to ask questions of a Bach Centre expert.

What will I see?

Things to see include:

  • Dr Bach’s consulting room, mother tinctures and hand-made furniture
  • A museum featuring remedy-making and bottling equipment and memorabilia from our past
  • The garden, including many remedy plants
  • The shop, with a full range of remedies and books
  • Café serving light lunches and tea and coffee
  • The Bach Centre team
  • … and on a sunny morning in spring or summer, there’s every chance you’ll see remedies being made in the garden

While you’re here take some time to explore the village. Dr. Bach is buried in the village churchyard only 50 yards from the Centre, and one of his favourite pub, The Red Lion, is a ten-minute walk away.

All five ingredients in Dr Bach’s famous crisis formula grow in the Bach Centre garden

Access to the Bach Centre

Mount Vernon is a 19th century Victorian cottage standing on a raised garden. Access to the front is via steep steps but a wheelchair ramp provides alternative access via the side of the house. Parts of the garden are difficult for wheelchair users and for partially-sighted people because of the narrow and uneven paths.

Most visitor rooms and other facilities including the seminar room, shop, café and toilets are on the ground floor; one of the toilets is for users in wheelchairs. The museum rooms, however, are located on the first floor up a steep flight of stairs so are not at present accessible to people in wheelchairs.

We want to do all we can to assist visitors who need help. Please contact us in advance of your visit so we can understand your needs.

Dogs

Well-behaved dogs with well-behaved owners are always welcome in the house and garden – this, of course, includes guide and assistance dogs. The latter are welcome in training rooms as well.

 

Reading material

The books listed and detailed in our online shop are also available to peruse and purchase at the Centre.  Some Bach Centre publications are available on tape or in Braille from the RNIB. We can provide most Bach Centre leaflets and basic information in large print on request, and there is an audio CD with a standard introduction to the Bach system.

Parking

There is limited parking at the Centre. We will do our best to guarantee a parking place to visitors with mobility problems who phone ahead.

Local links

Our village, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, is a brisk 30-minute walk away from the market town of Wallingford. Further afield, Didcot has good rail links to London, and it’s a short drive or train ride to Oxford, one of the most famous University towns in the world.

Places to stay

The Bach Centre is in a village called Brightwell-cum-Sotwell. Some of the villagers offer bed-and-breakfast accommodation.

Further afield – between ten and twenty minutes by car – there are bed and breakfast places in Wallingford, Crowmarsh, Cholsey, Sires Hill, South Stoke and Wittenham; and a hotel in Wallingford. Some of the further-off bed and breakfast owners offer lifts to the Centre as part of the service.

Please contact the people listed for more information:

Places to eat

There are lots of restaurants, take-aways, bakers and sandwich and coffee bars in Wallingford. If you want to stay close to the Centre, however, you can choose from:

  • Nora’s Kitchen, the Bach Centre’s own café, is in a corner of the Mount Vernon garden in what used to be the mother tincture preparation and storage area. Light lunches, tea and coffee; vegetarian menu with vegan options.
  • The Root One Café is part of the Root One Garden Centre, and is only a few minutes’ walk from us.
  • The Village Store run for and by the villagers. No sandwiches or hot food, but you can buy fresh bread, cheese etc.
  • The Red Lion is Brightwell-cum-Sotwell’s last-remaining pub and is recommended for Level 3 students who want to celebrate the end of the assessment. Note: no food on Mondays.