Frome Life and Travel Tips
(Frome, Somerset, England, UK)
Frome is a charming town to visit at any time of the year. This interesting market town does not really have an 'off-season', being busy throughout the year, with many exciting festivals and events.
Tourism and Tourist Information
There are a number of tourist information outlets throughout Frome, including the library, some supermarkets and also the Leisure Centre.
Frome Information Centre
Address: The Library, Justice Lane, Frome, Somerset, BA11 1BE, England
Tel: +44 (0)1373 467271
The main tourist information office in Frome is situated in the cattle market car park, close to the Bridge, in the Library.
Open hours: Monday to Friday - 09:30 to 17:00, Saturday - 09:30 to 16:00
Places of Worship
The town is home to a large number of different cultures and many religions have a presence. Most of the churches in Frome belong to the Church of England as places of worship for the Anglican faith, although all faiths are always welcome.
Pharmacies and Chemists
Most pharmacies in Frome are open from at least 09:00 until around 17:30 and supermarkets often have in-store chemists. Drugstores are like mini-supermarkets, with a wide range of products on sale, and include both Boots and Lloyds.
English is the most commonly spoken language in the Frome and the United Kingdom, although regional dialects can vary greatly.
Tipping in Frome is not generally expected, unless the service was exceptional. Restaurants in the Frome area often include service charges and these are always clearly stated on the menus. Any additional gratuities are always gratefully received.
In public buildings and on public transport in Frome, rules restrict smoking and this is usually indicated by no-smoking symbols in prominent places. The arrival of a strict anti-smoking law in England now means that it is against the law to smoke in public places, such as in restaurants, pubs and bars.
Smoking in Frome, and England as a whole, is not as fashionable as it once was, so it is always worth exercising discretion and sensitivity when selecting a place in which to smoke. The best advice would be not to smoke unless others around you do so.
The British love pubs for their informality and social atmosphere and Frome is no exception. Pubs in and around Frome are most often places to meet and be seen, though each has its own standing in the local community, with some being frequented by business people, locals and others by visitors and tourists. Most pubs and bars in Frome are friendly places - if there is a good mix of people you can be sure that it is a good pub.
One of the most common social customs associated with drinking in pubs is that of buying a 'round' of drinks when drinking socially with a group. Members of the group take their turn, in no particular order, and as people's glasses empty it is a good idea to reciprocate and offer to buy the next round.