Bath Abbey
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10:00 AM - 5:15 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:15 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:15 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:15 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:15 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:15 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
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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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  • HINA W
    Islamabad, Pakistan7,367 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What magnificence!
    I can vouch that this superb building is undisputedly the heart of this historic city. It was built in the eighth century as a Benedictine Monastery. Though it is now a Parish church but it gives the feel of a grand cathedral. Behind this magnificent facade you can see elaborate stained glass windows, grand ledger-stones, innumerable tombs, a chanting chapel and more than 1500 memorials. Roughly 8000 people are buried under this Abbey. The fan-vaulted ceiling made of stone is truly a masterpiece. I was totally enthralled by this Abbey.
    Visited August 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 July 2023
  • John G
    Sheffield, United Kingdom86 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bath Abbey Tower Tour - recommended.
    This review relates to a tour of the Bath Abbey Tower as the Abbey itself was closed for University Graduation ceremonies. I should point out that the tour is not really for anyone with mobility problems as it involves climbing - in easy stages - the 220 or so steps to the top of the tower. Our tour guides, Toby and Eva, were superb - lots of fun and very knowledgeable. The hour tour was not simply a steep climb up a lot of steps but an insightful and very interesting look at the Abbey's history, its peal of bells and clock.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 July 2023
  • Emily
    Liverpool, United Kingdom5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely visit
    The abbey was the first stop on my visit last month and was a great starting point to get to know Bath. The guy outside who welcomed me was really lovely and mentioned some other things for me to do whilst I was there. I arrived around 3pm on 2nd June, sorry I can’t remember his name. The abbey itself is beautiful and the museum exhibition underneath is also really interesting. Definitely worth the entrance fee!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 July 2023
  • Monica R
    23 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Unfortunate Guardian of the Toilets in Bath Abbey.
    We were visiting Bath for the day and we wanted to give my American daughter in law the experience of visiting Bath Abbey. She was overawed by the beauty of the East window and the intricacies of the fan ceiling. We had to queue at 4 pm to get in as the Abbey had been closed to the public for a wedding to take place. The queue moved quite fast due to the efficiency of the staff on the admissions desk. It was a worthwhile and thoroughly enjoyable visit apart from the dreadful attitude of the older female staff member sitting by the entrance to the shop as we prepared to leave the building. I am 70 years old and recovering from hip replacement 9 weeks ago. Obviously I do not need to be in a wheelchair but I still find going up and down stairs a challenge at this stage in my recovery. The toilets were downstairs so I chose the disabled/baby change facility near the shop entrance. I was told in a loud voice by this officious lady that only people in wheelchairs and/or baby changers could use that facility. I was astounded and replied that I had mobility issues and needed to use it as I found the stairs a challenge. When I came out of the facility I approached the lady and explained that I have had 2 hip replacements in the last 8 months and, as an adult, was able to decide for myself whether or not I required the disabled facility. I reminded her that not all disabilities are visible. She was having none of it. She asserted that earlier there had been a queue for the disabled facility and therefore she had to ask people to use the toilets downstairs if they could. I pointed out there was absolutely no queue when I arrived and that as a grown up I was able to decide for myself whether or not my limited mobility meant it was a better choice for me. She repeated her blurb about the queue. I was shocked by her rudeness. Not once did she apologise so I had to just walk away. It was a very upsetting experience. Prior to my surgeries, I had struggled with mobility for over 3 years and not once have I encountered any unpleasantness when needing to use the disabled facility. This lady obviously requires further training on disabilities (hidden and otherwise).
    Thank you for your review Monica and I'm pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Bath Abbey, but sorry to hear that you had an unfortunate interaction with one of our staff or volunteers. It is not our policy to question people using our Accessible Toilet. Often visitors will queue outside it before realising there are more toilets downstairs and we can suggest those ones to try and be helpful, but of course we shouldn't ask anyone not to use our Accessible Toilet, as not all disabilities are visable. We'll work with the team to make sure that message is reinforced, and we hope to see you again on your next visit.
    Written 4 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 July 2023
  • Jeremy N
    London, United Kingdom35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bath Abbey tower tour worth the money
    Tower tour was excellent lasts 50 minutes or so. Stephen & Ben were great. Worth the money to go up the 212 steps to the top. Heavily restricted height, anyone who has the slightest hesitation of steep small steps please don't bother. Also you're VERY close to others throughout the tour. You get to stand in the clock face and above the fan-vaulted ceilings. Also see the bells at close quarters. Great picturesque and panoramic views at the top.
    Thank for your review Jeremy, we are pleased that you had such a great time on our Tower Tour. Stephen & Ben will be pleased to hear that they gave you a brilliant tour.
    Written 11 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 5 August 2023
  • Vamous2210
    Oxford, United Kingdom47 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely church
    It’s a lovely building. Somewhat ponderous tour guide, think I should have tried the audio guide. Well worth reading some of the inscriptions, some great poems and some fascinating stories. I found a boy called Tudor Castle, and a lady called lettice (sic).
    Thanks for your review Victoria, we are glad you enjoyed your visit to the Abbey and researching some of our more interestingly-named monuments!
    Written 11 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 August 2023
  • William C
    Sarasota, Florida38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning Medieval Abbey
    An excellent, beautiful abbey, this historical cathedral was stunning. The coronation site of the first King of England, you can feel the history in the air. If you're not interested in the history, the artistry of the abbey's statuary and construction is amazing.
    Thank you for your review William, we're glad you enjoyed your visit to the Abbey yesterday and learning about our history.
    Written 11 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 August 2023
  • michelle smith
    Redditch, United Kingdom29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing experience
    We opted for the tower tour and we are glad we did it was amazing. Our guide Rob was just outstanding. Hes a volunteer but he should be paid he worth it. It was amazing to be inside the Bell tower when they rang and to see inside the clock Over 200 steps and tight spaces but so worth it
    Thanks Michelle, we're glad that you had such a brilliant visit. I will pass on your feedback to Rob who will be pleased to hear you enjoyed your tour with him.
    Written 17 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 August 2023
  • Tom P
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant tour
    My dad and I chose the Tower Tour and it was fantastic. Our guide Rob was incredibly knowledgeable about the abbey and Bath itself, and he even knew some interesting trivia about our hometown. The tour itself only costs £15 and it was worth every penny. The abbey is beautiful and being able to see behind the scenes was fascinating. There are a lot of steps though so be careful if that might be an issue. On the roof you can see for miles in all directions and there are some really great photo opportunities. Well worth the time and money!
    Thanks for your review Tom, fantastic to hear you had such a brilliant tour with Rob. I'll pass on your positive feedback to him and he'll be pleased to hear it. Thanks again
    Written 17 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 14 August 2023
  • David B
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views from the top of the tower
    Tours of the Abbey cost either £6 for the Abbey itself, or £15 for the Abbey plus a guided tour of the tower. We chose to include the tower, and we are glad that we did. Although there are 212 steps to get to the top, it is well worth the effort, and the views from the top are spectacular.
    Thank you for your fantastic review, and I'm glad you enjoyed your tower tour with us last week!
    Written 1 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 August 2023
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RickDen
Beaconsfield, UK481 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Couples
I know a church is a church, but this one was very nice just to wander round for an hour.

We went on a Saturday, and was lucky enough to cathc the choir rehearsing.
Written 15 July 2024
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Julia L
Chesterfield, UK220 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Couples
I am astounded people are mad at the entry fee. 1) it’s ridiculously cheap compared to St Paul’s Cathedral, Winchester Cathedral, York minster and Westminster Abbey and 2) these places need fund to repairs etc.

And talking of all those places - I’ve been recently and you know what? I LOVED Bath Abbey. We spent a solid 90 mins there and it was so so worth it.

I love the two places we saw support for Israel and the Middle East and peace. As a Jewish person this recognition and support was exceptionally appreciated. The 635 memorials were fascinating to read. Unlike gravestones they told a story about people from hundreds and of years ago - one even linked to my home town in Essex!

Having been to the baths and learning about about early religious buildings on this site it was fabulous to be able to tie it together

The volunteers were knowledge friendly and helpful.

Next time I’d love to climb the tower too.
Written 10 July 2024
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Tom
Portsmouth, UK29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Couples
We decided to opt for the tower tour as an addition to normal entry. It was £15 per person and I cannot recommend it enough. It's a lot of steps but it's definitely worth the extra money and the effort of claiming up there. We got to go into the bell tower and see all the bells, we all crammed into the clock tower, and we got to walk outside at the very top of the tower. The views, despite the rain, were fantastic. An hour well spent.

Summer, our tour guide, was excellent. She didn't attack us with silly amounts of detail. She gave us just the right amount of information, whilst keeping it upbeat and funny. Thank you so much.

Would highly recommend this to anyone visiting the area and has an hour to spare.
Written 9 July 2024
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freedom56
London, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
Lovely places, magnificent views. Would highly recommend going to Bath, lots to see and do. Great and friendly people. Lots of good places to eat.
Written 9 July 2024
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joytotheworld28
London, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Couples
Tim and Poppy were great hosts for our tower tour. Really worth the money, great views and although there are a lot of steps they make it very manageable.
Written 8 July 2024
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Cici Z
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Friends
Despite having lived in Bath for the past four years this is the first time I’ve gone on the Abbey Bell Tower Tour! It was fascinating to learn about the history of the Abbey and the craftsmanship of its architecture is just incredible. It made me feel very privileged to be living in the city of Bath. Our tour guides - Toby and Maddie are so knowledgeable and kind. They showed us every room and patiently waited for us at the top of every sets of stairs. The view of Bath that you see from the very top of the tower is absolutely gorgeous. The pacing of the tour was great, especially considering how nicely it synced up with the bell chimes and it ran for exactly one hour. I loved their aura. (Also loved Toby’s outfit! The matching green trousers and waistcoat really added to the vibe.) I would highly recommend going on this tour, it was worth every penny.
Written 2 July 2024
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Thank you very much for your wonderful review - we are delighted that you enjoyed your visit so. I will pass on your compliments to Toby and Maddie, who will be delighted. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Abbey soon.
Written 5 July 2024
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Jasmine T
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Solo
So glad I decided to do the 1-hour long tower tour. Learned so much interesting facts about the Abbey and got to see amazing views of Bath from up top. We did have to climb 200+ steps but they weren't very high and we didn't do it in one go, so it all in all it was an easy climb. Our guides, Jasper & Juliet, were informative and charismatic. Definitely worth it!
Written 1 July 2024
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Vanessa Jane S
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
The Bath Abbey is a most beautiful abbey full of religious history.
The architecture is truly magnificent.
People visiting presented as highly respectful of the abbey being a place of worship.
Written 30 June 2024
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Agnieszka R
Gdansk, Poland18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
A really amusing experience! We’ve seen beautiful views, heard funny and engaging stories, went all the way up to the top of the Abbey while exploring various places on the way. Definitely one of the best attractions in Bath. Recommend to everyone! :)
Written 28 June 2024
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Sara A
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
We had a great time! Poppy and Anna were really knowledgeable and friendly and the tour was totally worth it. The tour includes a (very safe) passage on the roof and a stop in the bells- and clockroom. We were able to learn a lot of facts about the tower and its history and the guides answered every question we had. Would recommend!
Written 28 June 2024
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