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Bath Abbey

Abbey Churchyard
Bath
BA1 1LY
Bath Abbey

Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Free to enter but suggested donation:£2.50 per ticket
Tower Tour Adult Ticket£6.00 per ticket
Tower Tour Child Ticket£3.00 per ticket

The Abbey welcomes all visitors and invites a donation of £2.50 per adult. We rely on the generosity of our visitors and our congregation to fund the ministry and mission of the Abbey.

About

There is nowhere else quite like Bath Abbey. Magnificent stained glass windows, columns of honey-gold stone and some of the finest fan vaulting in the world, create an extraordinary experience of light and space. But there is more to it than that. There has been a place of Christian worship on this site for over 1,200 years and the Abbey remains very much a living church today with services taking place throughout the entire week.  Come and experience the special atmosphere and rich history of this holy and uplifting place.

Since 757 AD, three different churches have occupied the site of today’s Abbey: first, there was an Anglo-Saxon Abbey Church, pulled down by the Norman conquerors of England soon after 1066. Then, a massive Norman cathedral was begun about 1090 but was larger than the monastery could afford to maintain and by the end of the 15th century was in ruins. Finally, the present Abbey church was founded in 1499, the last of the great medieval churches of England.

The first sight most visitors have of Bath Abbey is the West front, with its unique ladders of Angels. The story behind this is that the Bishop of Bath, Oliver King is said to have had a dream of ascending and descending angels which inspired the design of the facade which thousands of people gaze up at and admire today. Whatever the truth of this story, it was Bishop King who was the driving force behind plans to tear down the decaying Norman cathedral and replace it with a new building.

After the dissolution of the monasteries in 1539 by order of King Henry VIII, the Abbey lay in ruins for more than 70 years. The valuable parts of the building had all been taken away, for example the beautiful stained glass windows were ripped out and the roof was stripped for the lead. It wasn’t until 1616, that much of the building we see today was repaired and in use as a parish church.

Tower Tours (every day except Sunday) offer the chance to go behind the scenes and enjoy stunning views of the city. You will also get to visit the Abbey bell and ringing chamber, sit behind the clock face and stand on top of the Abbey’s vaulted ceiling. Tickets available from the Abbey Shop: £6 Adults / £3 Child (5-15 years) Children must be at least 5 years old and accompanied by a responsible adult: 1 adult per 1 child, ages 5-10; 1 adult per 4 children, ages 11-15.

For further information and tour times please see http://bathabbey.org/towertours

The Abbey welcomes all visitors and invites a donation in lieu of an admission fee. £2.50 suggested per adult/£1.00 suggested per child or student. We rely on the generosity of our visitors and our congregation to fund the ministry, mission and maintenance of the church.

All groups of 10 or more people wishing to visit the Abbey should book at least two weeks in advance to avoid disappointment. Please contact Dawn Farmer, Visitors Officer,  on Tel +44 (0)1225 303 310, Fax +44 (0)1225 429990 or email visits@bathabbey.org


Bath Abbey Tower Tour and Tea Package - why not climb the Abbey tower and enjoy afternoon tea, a two course lunch or dinner afterwards at the Roman Baths Kitchen?

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Facilities

Other

  • Gift Shop

Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted
  • Wedding Venue

Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Attraction
  • No Smoking Attraction
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest

Accessibility

  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors - (except Tower)
  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors
  • Facilities for the Disabled
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Parking & Transport

  • Coach Parking
  • On Bus Route

Payment Methods

  • Approx length of visit - 30 minutes - 1 hour
  • Booking essential - for groups of 10 or more
  • Euros accepted
  • Max group size - 100
  • Min group size - 10
  • TIC Staff Admitted Free

Establishment Features

  • Event Venue
  • Open all year
  • Printed Material in Foreign Languages

Specialist Features

  • Marketed towards families

Printed Material in Foreign Languages

  • Dutch printed material
  • French printed material
  • German printed material
  • Italian printed material
  • Japanese printed material
  • Spanish printed material

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups
  • Guided Tours Available for Individuals

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Tel: +44 (0) 1225 422462

Opening Times

Open All Year
Opening (01/04/2014 - 31/12/2014)
DayTimes
Monday09:3018:00
Tuesday09:0018:00
Wednesday09:0018:00
Thursday09:0018:00
Friday09:0018:00
Saturday09:0018:00
Sunday13:0014:30

* On Sundays the Abbey is open 1.00 – 2.30pm and 4.30 - 5.30pm.
Opening times vary during the year. As a working church, it is sometimes necessary to restrict access to parts of the building or to close at short notice. To ensure that you have up-to-date information we recommend checking opening times before visiting.

Events

Saturday, 20th December 2014 - Saturday, 20th December 2014

Festive Concerts at Bath Abbey
more info

Sunday, 21st December 2014 - Sunday, 21st December 2014

Family Carol Services at Bath Abbey
more info

Wednesday, 24th December 2014 - Thursday, 25th December 2014

Christmas Eve & Christmas Day at Bath Abbey
more info