There's 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 a living church with services taking place throughout the entire week. Come and experience the special atmosphere and rich history of this holy and uplifting place.
The first sight most visitors have of Bath Abbey is the West front’s unique ladders of Angels, which was inspired by Bishop of Bath, Oliver King’s dream of ascending and descending angels.
Explore the Abbey's new Discovery Centre, a fully accessible unique heritage space which opened in March 2023, allowing visitors to peek behind the scenes of life at the Abbey and delve into the building’s history.
The Abbey itself is fully accessible to wheelchair users, with level access through the gift shop and entrance porch. The Abbey floor includes an accessible toilet, and the Discovery Centre features a Changing Places toilet. The Discovery Centre is fully accessible for wheelchair users via a lift which takes visitors from the ground level to the below ground level. The Abbey offers wheelchairs for those with accessibility needs to borrow during their visit, which can be arranged by asking a member of staff at the Welcome Desk. Unfortunately, due to the historic nature of the building, the Abbey's Tower is step access only.
The Abbey offers large print guides, which are available at the Welcome Desk for visually impaired visitors, and ear defenders for visitors with autism.
All assistance dogs are welcome inside the Abbey.
The Abbey will undertake significant work on its accessibility in the near future, including creating a visual story for neurodiverse visitors - please check the venue's website for updates.
Book Tickets Online
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Adult||£6.50 per ticket|
Please note that as of 7 March 2023, the Abbey will switch to charging an admission fee, rather than suggested donations as the attraction has previously. Those exempt from the fee include those wishing to attend church services, to pray, or light a candle, local residents in the BA1 and BA2 postcode areas with proof of address, and Discovery Card holders.
- Gift Shop
- Accessible to Wheelchair Users - Wheelchairs available to borrow by asking at Welcome Desk. Abbey Tower not accessible.
- All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors - Wheelchairs are available to borrow by asking at Welcome Desk. The Abbey's tower is not accessible.
- Assistance Dogs
- Changing Places Toilet
- Facilities for Disabled Visitors
- Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors
- Guide Dogs Permitted
- Ramp/Level Access - The Abbey floor has no steps through the gift shop and entrance porch.
- Toilets for Disabled Visitors
- Event Venue
- Open All Year
- Printed Material in Foreign Languages
- Wedding Venue
- Approx length of visit - 30 minutes - 1 hour
- In town/city centre
- Indoor Attraction
- Max group size - 100
- Min group size - 10
- No Smoking Attraction
- Of historic, literary or architectural interest
Parking & Transport
- Coach Parking
- On Bus Route
- Booking essential - for groups of 10 or more
- Euros accepted
- TIC Staff Admitted Free
Printed Material in Foreign Languages
- Dutch printed material
- French printed material
- German printed material
- Italian printed material
- Japanese printed material
- Spanish printed material
- Marketed towards families
Tours and Demonstrations
- Educational Visits Accepted
- Guided Tours Available for Groups
- Guided Tours Available for Individuals
- Groups Accepted
- Green Awards Green Tourism Business Scheme (Bronze) 2023
- TripAdvisor Awards Travellers' Choice - TripAdvisor 2022
|Opening (1 Jan 2023 - 31 Dec 2023)|
|Monday - Friday||10:00||- 17:30*|
* On Sundays the Abbey is open for visiting at 13:15 to 14:30 & 16:30 to 18:00 around the regular services being held. The last entry is always 15 minutes before closing time.
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 the opening times on the Bath Abbey website before visiting.