Covid-19 Safety Measures

We can’t wait to welcome you to Bluecoat.

The health of our visitors is our highest priority, and as such we will approach these next steps out of lockdown with caution to make sure your visit is safe and comfortable.

Two customers wearing masks reading Biennial introduction

We're open

Our gallery, cafe and garden opening hours are 11am - 5pm, Wednesday to Sunday. We will review these times periodically and hope to resume our full hours as soon as possible.

Our community of creative retailers is now open. Contact them individually for opening times.

Our Bistro remains closed until further notice.

Covid safe measures

We are continuing with several practical measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19

  • We will carefully manage the number of people in our building at any one time via timed ticketing, to ensure there is ample space for social distancing. We encourage you to pre-book your visit where possible to avoid disappointment. Click here to book your visit to Bluecoat now.
  • We will still be asking anyone visiting our building to wear a face covering unless you are genuinely exempt.
  • We will display specific signage around the building and gallery to encourage social distancing.
  • We have hand sanitiser stations around the building and encourage visitors to make use of these.
  • We have implemented increased cleaning of communal areas, including high contact points such as door handles.
  • Café tables and chairs will be cleaned after each use.
  • There will be specially trained staff at regular points around our building to answer your questions.
  • Please do not visit Bluecoat if you are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19. For more information on these please visit the NHS website.

We've been awarded Visit England's 'We're Good To Go' kitemark as a result of the extra health and safety measures we've put in place.

Do you have a question about our reopening? We’ve covered some common queries in our Frequently Asked Questions below. If your question is not answered here, please email us on or call us on 0151 702 5324.


Do I need to book?

Entry is free but we will be operating timed ticketing. We recommend you prebook to avoid disappointment, as numbers will be limited to ensure social distancing, even if you are just visiting our cafe. Whilst we will always do our best to accommodate visitors, we recommend you pre-book in order to guarantee your visit at your preferred time. Click here to book your visit to Bluecoat now.

Do I need to book if I am a member?

In order to help us manage the number of people in the building we are recommending all visitors, including members, pre-book their visit. Click here to book your visit to Bluecoat now.

Do I need to book to see Bluecoat Platform in the courtyard?

You don't need to book to visit the outdoor sculpture, but we do ask that you keep social distancing in mind and wear a mask when on the sculpture if possible.

I have pre-booked but can no longer attend. What should I do?

We would appreciate it if you could cancel your ticket via the confirmation email you would have received from Eventbrite if you are no longer able to use your booking. This enables us to ensure we have an accurate picture of the number of people using our building, and will help us to welcome as many people as possible. If you have any problems doing this please contact or call 0151 702 5324.

How do I access Bluecoat?

Entry to Bluecoat is via our front gates off School Lane.

Our College Lane entrance will be open periodically, however it can be closed at any time to help us maintain a safe number of visitors in the building.

Test and Trace

We are continuing to take part in the NHS Test and Trace service and you will be asked by a member of staff upon arrival to check in. We will also have QR codes around the building to scan via the NHS Covid-19 App. The data we collect at the time of your booking, or entry to our building, is to support this programme and would only be shared with the NHS if an outbreak of Covid was identified from someone who had visited Bluecoat. Data is held for 21 days and will not be used for any purpose other than Test and Trace.

Do I have to wear a mask?

We are still asking all visitors to wear a face covering when visiting our building if possible.

What exhibitions will be open at Bluecoat?

Our gallery is currently showing this year's Liverpool Biennial The Stomach and the Port, on until Sun 5 September, and Tony Phillips' 12 Decades, on until Sun 29 August.

The exhibitions take place in our spacious galleries with ample room for social distancing. The upper floors of our Vide display remain closed for now.

Will there be exhibition leaflets available for information?

We will have paper copies of interpretation available in our galleries to accompany the exhibitions. We ask that you please put your copy in the bin after reading it.

What facilities are open at Bluecoat?

Our Café will be open from Wednesday - Sunday, 11am - 5pm. The number of customers we can serve in line with social distancing recommendations will be limited. We recommend visitors pre-book an arrival slot here to avoid disappointment, even if you are just visiting our cafe. Click here to book your visit to Bluecoat now.

Our garden is open for café customers and gallery visitors.

Our upstairs Bistro remains closed.

Our toilets and baby change facilities will be open to visitors. It may be necessary to close the toilets for a short time to allow for additional cleaning during opening hours.

Our community of creative retailers are open, some with reduced opening hours. Please contact them individually for times.

Are you accepting cash?

Yes, but we recommend that you use contactless card payments if possible.

Will events and family activities be taking place?

Our summer family programme begins in July, but all of our activities will take place outside on Bluecoat Platform in our front courtyard. Click here to find out what's on.

When will the print studio be open?

Our print studio remains temporarily closed, with the aim to re-open in October 2021.

Will Blue Room be re-starting in the building?

Blue Room, our inclusive arts programme, will begin again in the building this summer. Get in touch to find out more.