Bath Abbey
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10:00 AM - 5:15 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:15 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:15 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:15 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:15 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:15 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Sunday
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
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Begun in 1499 by Bishop King, this is England's last great medieval church, dissolved in 1539 and now serving as a parish church.
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  • J K
    San Antonio, Texas142 contributions
    Well Located and Magnificent Building
    As a centerpiece in Bath, the abbey is well located a few yards from a few other attractions (Roman Baths, Pulteney Bridge, etc.). The interior is nothing short of glorious, with beautiful stained-glass windows and stunning architecture. Although free to enter, donations are optional. The gift shop has a few very nice items.
    Visited October 2022
    Written 13 December 2022
  • Nick B
    3 contributions
    Abbey tower tour.
    Took the Bath Abbey tower tour whilst my wife and daughter did the Christmas Market Stalls , and found it well worth while . The 2 guides were very informative ( I’m sorry I’ve forgotten your names !) and explained all about the bells and clock mechanism , as we took a break half way to the top . On reaching the top of the tower , the views were outstanding, helped by the fact it was a very clear sunny morning . The experience was made even better by everyone receiving a hot mulled wine ( or non alcoholic alternative) while we spent some time enjoying the views over the Bath rooftops. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it if you find yourself in Bath with an hour to spare . Nick B
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled solo
    Written 14 December 2022
  • Katy L
    3 contributions
    Welcome in Bath Abbey
    Other reviews will describe how historic, awe-inspiring & beautiful Bath Abbey is. And it certainly is. My review is about how I felt welcome on my two visits this year. On the first visit in March my husband & I went to see the abbey & take a guided tour. The reception staff were very pleasant & welcoming. The guide was clearly knowledgeable & enthusiastic about his subject & made the tour very interesting. Unfortunately, because of high winds, a small part of the tour (which would have left us exposed to the elements at height, I believe) was missed out for safety reasons. The guide very reasonably said that if we felt we were due some money back we could go to the reception area for a refund; I don't believe anyone did. We were in Bath again for an event in early December & had half an hour to kill in the biting cold in the late afternoon so decided to go to the abbey to rest our feet & get ourselves warm for a short while. The two people who greeted us on reception couldn't have been nicer when we said that we'd come in from the cold & weren't really there - on that occasion - to look at the abbey. How lovely to be welcomed into such a beautiful place of worship when our reasons were not the expected ones. (And I did spend money in the shop on the back of that welcome.) Thank you to the staff at the abbey for being so welcoming; I remember these short interactions & how they make me feel.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 21 December 2022
  • 06Matt
    Peachtree City, Georgia18 contributions
    Do the tower tour!
    My wife and I both enjoy an opportunity to take in historic buildings, so Bath Abbey was a definite stop on our twenty four hours in the city. Summer and Andre were contagiously enthusiastic as our guides on their tower tour. They made the history of the building alive and exciting.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 December 2022
  • Grover R
    Pensacola, Florida18,030 contributions
    Great Combination of Beauty and History - Bath MUST SEE
    Bath is more than Roman hot springs and Georgian architecture, it is also home to one of the most beautiful churches in England. Its checkered history begins in the early middle ages with a monastery in the 7th century. With the arrival of the Normans, this church grows in importance as a Cathedral before loosing it. Finally in 1499, the then bishop of Bath and Wells had the dream to create a grand church where is vision was angels ascending and descending to earth on a ladder from heaven. The church we see now was started but the dissolution of the monasteries threatened to leave the church in shambles until Elizabeth I pledged to finish the great church. Today what you see is a testament to that vision. In addition to the exterior ladders with angels ascending and descending, you have Henry VII, King in 1499 when the pledge was made for the church with Saints Peter and Paul at the front door. Inside you have the finest example of fan vaulting in England and one of the leading examples of Perpendicular Gothic Architecture. The inside is truly beautiful, very light and airy. While I was a little disappointed that our 4:45 visit was in darkness it was great to see the way exterior lights paint the church and the impact of the inside with the windows. It is a truly beautiful church. One last note, in a strange rarity, this church was the coronation site for the first English coronation in history for King Edgar. Every coronation up to the one next year for Charles III has followed the same service. There is a beautiful stained glass window here to commemorate that moment in history. This is a Bath MUST SEE as it is a beautiful church was some amazing history.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 31 December 2022
  • susankavanagh
    Portsmouth, United Kingdom88 contributions
    Not much of interest without a tour
    We would have loved to take a tower tour, or even a guided tour of the main abbey, but these were not available on the days that we visited. As it was for our £5 donation we got a map with a few points highlighted. To be honest, having visited multiple churches and cathedrals in the past, nothing really stood out as special.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 1 January 2023
  • Arthur M
    Hamilton, Canada1,038 contributions
    Architecturally stunning!
    My timing of the visit was perfect as their Christmas market just started and it was lively within the area. The cathedral itself was amazingly beautiful and it also hosts some artistic lighting during the evening hours as well. They also have a souvenir shop beside it.
    Visited November 2022
    Written 2 January 2023
  • Derek O
    Whiteparish, United Kingdom47 contributions
    A memorable Abbey visit
    The Abbey was beautifully decorated for Christmas and we attended the 1130 service . The queue was long but was quickly dissipated by an efficient staff . The service was extended for communion but throughout we enjoyed clear readings and a forthright sermon . The choir was superb blending male and female voices of the highest quality . Altogether a fitting tribute in a warm environment to the wonders of Christmas .
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 January 2023
  • Marc W
    Weymouth, United Kingdom1,376 contributions
    Spectacular!
    Bath Abbey, what a beautiful building! It is free to enter the Abbey itself, however they do welcome donations. There are tower tours available at £10 per adult and £5 for a child aged 5-15, sadly we didn't have enough time to do a tour. The Abbey inside and out is an amazing site, so if you're in Bath then definitely have a look!
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 January 2023
  • Kieran B
    1 contribution
    Brilliant!
    Bath Abbey is a beautiful cathedral and the best way to visit is by booking on to a guided tower tour! Our guides were Poppy and Katie and the tour was superb. Their knowledge of the Abbey made the tour highly informative, interesting and amusing in parts. Once at the top of the tower the views were spectacular, it was the highlight of our holiday in Bath!
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 January 2023
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Ella
Manchester, UK21 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
A but thank you to the very knowledgeable and interesting guide at the Abbey, Jasper. The tour that we attended was very well organised & your passion for history was inspiring. Thank you so much :)
Written 9 December 2023
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Dan T
London, UK51 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
It’s hard to miss the Abbey. Right in the centre of town next to the baths it’s somewhere you’ll walk past all the time whether you choose to head inside or not. The architecture on the front facade in particular is quite striking, and the spire dominates the skyline if viewed from afar.

The interior is just as impressive. Filled with interesting historic memorials that cover the walls. Amazing fan vaulted ceilings, beautiful stained glass and some splendid altar pieces.

The staff were all very kind as you might expect and were on hand to talk about different aspects of the abbey if you wanted it.

While the footfall in the main part of the abbey stopped it from being the serene place one might come to expect from a place like this, that quiet is never too far away in one of the smaller chapels at the far end of the nave, if you’re more inclined for prayer and reflection than history.
Written 8 December 2023
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HollieJJ_25
London, UK28 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
My husband and I visited the abbey on a Saturday. We specifically wanted to do the tour, so queued up as soon as it opened as we heard tickets go quickly. It was so worth it. We got to see some amazing views, saw parts of the abbey that nobody else can go and heard some fascinating things about the bells. Our tour guide, Emily, was great. She was very friendly, welcoming and knowledgable. Highly recommend the tour to anyone!
Written 2 December 2023
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Suzy bottle
Bristol, UK9 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
What an amazing place it was stunning. I visited with my husband and two grumpy teenagers. Not sure I agree having to pay but it does help with the up keep.
Worth a visit if you come to Bath
Written 2 December 2023
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Roam702541
40 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
I came to Bath to visit the market. It was noisy and crowded. I decided seek refuge and tranquility in the Abbey ( the local parish church). Imagine then my amazement to be told that I had to pay to enter this place of worship! I did not stay to reflect and pray but left this place burdened with a great sense of disillusionment. I expect this ‘pay to pray’ policy will be justified by claiming that the church is costly to keep open - however that should be the responsibility of its regular congregation.
Written 30 November 2023
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Liz C
Christchurch, UK16 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Paid £6.50 each for the tour of Bath Abbey which included the discovery centre downstairs. We could have paid for a tour up the tower, however we decided against it. Our guide (Julie) was absolutely fantastic. Extremely knowledgeable and brought loads of interesting details to our attention that we would have been unaware of. I believe the guides are volunteers, so extremely grateful for their input. The abbey itself is wonderful, with a gorgeous fan ceiling. Definitely worth a visit.
Written 24 November 2023
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emma27025
Ferndown, UK82 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
I was expecting more, my boyfriend wanted to go up the top but was not offered when getting the ticket but when I went back to ask was told had to purchase another ticket as we got in as disabled and carer. He was going up to take photos for me to see so didn't bother. It was really noisy inside for a church, didn't get the religious serenity because they were dragging chairs around. We walked around it within 25 mins so not really learnt anything but it could have been the time of year. Maybe go early you may have a different experience.
Written 16 November 2023
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William F
1 contribution
Nov 2023 • Friends
Whilst attending an event for a friend’s 50th birthday. Encountered their rude and aggressive staff outside this property in a public square. And told to be quiet during our celebration
Written 15 November 2023
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jenny_ianWalsall
walsall54 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
You can’t really visit Bath and not visit this wonderful Abby, with its impressive architecture and friendly volunteers. We paid extra for a tower tour with Toby and Emma - both we’re knowledgeable and friendly. Steps were not too strenuous and views of the city are well worth the climb 🧗 😀. If we could have rung the bells I would have given five stars.
Written 7 November 2023
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Tasha B
6 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
We paid the extra for the tour of the tower - which was the best decision we could have made! The views were incredible and gave you an opportunity to get up close to some of the amazing features of this building (the bells and the clock were personal highlights). Rob and Chole (our guides) were very knowledgeable and friendly, injecting humour as they went and answering all questions! If you only do one thing when you're in Bath, forget the Roman Baths, go on this tour!
Written 4 November 2023
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