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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  • GoingGuide
    Nottingham, United Kingdom1,208 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating history
    Well organised presentation of generations of historical Christian beliefs and heritage. Helpful volunteers very willing to offer help and guidance around the well marvelously structured building based in the centre of the city. Amazing eye-catching windows portray different historical events. Well worth a visit.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 March 2023
  • Caroline M
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great tour of the tower
    An absolutely stunning Abbey with guides on hand to talk you through everything you need to know. I highly recommend the Tower Tour. Both Steven and Toby were excellent hosts and you get to see the amazing views of Bath, they rang the bells for us whilst you are up in the tower. Couldn’t recommend this enough
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 March 2023
  • d s
    Reading, United Kingdom52 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating tower tour
    We visited the stunning abbey and lots of information was offered by the many knowledgeable guides. A really interesting and, even with many visitors wandering around, a quiet place. A guided tour of the tower was a highlight for us, our two excellent guides very friendly with so much interesting information happily shared. Lots of narrow steps up and down but well worth it.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 8 March 2023
  • Richard J
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic tower tour
    Beautiful Abbey with stunning architecture and incredible fan structure on the ceiling. We opted to take the tower tour and were not disappointed. Really interesting and different, to be taken into the bell ringing room, to hear the bells rung and to sit in the small room behind the clock face, before heading to the roof for panoramic views if the city. Steven, our guide was enthusiastic and informative and made the the tour thoroughly enjoyable. We would definitely recommend it. Thank you Steven!
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 March 2023
  • Curtis B
    Southport, United Kingdom23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth the guided tour!
    As far as churches go, this one, like many others, is steeped in history and has the charm of such places. So what makes this different you may ask? Should you be lucky enough to score Andre as a tour guide then your eyes will be opened to the inside works of the clocktower and bells with heaps of enthusiasms and genuine passion for the job. You only get one hour but it simply melted as we were guided with such care for detail as was his expert way.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 March 2023
  • Catherine H
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Do the tower tour if you can, it's brilliant.
    Did the tower tour with Connor and Toby. Excellent guides, very entertaining whilst being extremely knowledgeable about the abbey. Lots of steps to climb, as would be expected, some a little uneven and narrow but both Connor and Toby were safety conscious and gave plenty of warning of hazards. Good amount of time given to ask questions. Ringing room and bell tower most interesting and rewarded with fantastic views from the roof. Well worth a visit. Well done to Toby and Connor and thank you.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 16 March 2023
  • Pie G
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Would recommend tower tour
    Did the tower tour, well worth the money. Exploring the tower added an exciting dimension to the abbey I wasn't expecting, and the view from the top was solid. Connor and Toby (our guides) were fun, humorous, and enhanced our experience.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 16 March 2023
  • Phil
    Cardiff, United Kingdom173 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Step Back In History
    This site dates back to Saxon and Norman times. Admission prices (£6.50) have just been introduced. Visitors can join a frequent tour of the abbey and for those without fear of heights there's also a tower tour. Loads of history including tombs and there's also a new discovery centre worth viewing and the stunnin g Great East Window telling the story of Jesus. It was repaired after being damaged in the Second World War.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 18 March 2023
  • Ananya A
    13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The tower tour is worth the money!
    The abbey (one of the few places that's free to enter in Bath, lol) was beautiful of course. It would have been boring and exactly like every other cathedral I have seen, except for the memorials. The unique thing about the abbey is that filling up every available space on the walls were memorials with messages and notes for various people (not necessarily buried in the abbey). They're fascinating to read! One thing that's paid for in the Bath Abbey is the tower tour (costing 10 GBP)...I hadn't planned on doing this but had some time to kill and decided, why not? And it was a great decision! I enjoyed the tour immensely, and not just because I got to see the inside of a clock tower and the bell chamber. The view from the top was also breathtaking, and of course, the guides were amazing as well. Loved it!
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 March 2023
  • Steve C
    Torquay, United Kingdom19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    Still a working church, Bath Abbey just oozes history. The stained glass windows are particularly impressive, and as well as the usual biblical figures, they also have King Alfred, St.George, and King Arthur immortalised in the glass. What is wonderful outside are the 'Ladders to Heaven' showing angels leading people upwards.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 March 2023
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Sarah G
Manchester, UK16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
What a beautiful building . The windows and fan ceiling made my jaw drop .
I did the tower tour learning from friendly guides Katy and Callum about the bells and their history .
It was a grey day but I still enjoyed the views .
Written 28 February 2024
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Laura S
London, UK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Both the floor tour and tower tour were enjoyable and informative. Ltd numbers for Tower tours so good idea to book in advance. Discovery centre very well put together with just enough info and attractive display.
Written 26 February 2024
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Thanks very much for your review, glad you enjoyed both tours at the Abbey. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.
Written 27 February 2024
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Itsmekatielou
Barry, UK307 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
I'll be honest, this wasn't something I was overly interested in doing, but it's been on my friend's bucket list for ages, so I reluctantly agreed. Turns out, it was brilliant!

It's £7.50 for entrance to the Abbey itself, but for £15 you can have a tour of the tower! You need to get there early to make sure you get a spot (I'm not sure if you can book in advance, but if you can, I would highly recommend doing that). There are 212 steps to climb on very narrow stone spiral staircases, so do bear that in mind. The 360-degree views over Bath are fantastic, but the highlight for me was going into the bell tower! I got to ring "Big Ethel" which I am still absolutely buzzing about! granted, it was only one 'ding' but I made it a loud one!

If you have any mobility issues, don't even think about doing it. Those staircases are NARROW. Similarly, if you're not a fan of small spaces or heights, don't do it.

Really interesting tour overall and I would definitely recommend it.
Written 26 February 2024
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Thank you for your review of the Tower Tour at Bath Abbey - very pleased to hear that it surpassed your expectations and that you had a fantastic experience with us. See you next time!
Written 27 February 2024
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Lo Holmes
31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
We did the bell tower tour and found it good value for £15 per person. The tour lasts about an hour and you learn a lot of interesting history about the Abbey. It's not for those who have mobility issues as you have to climb up 212 narrow spiral steps but the views from the Bell tower are worth it. You get to see the bell ringers room, where the bells are kept and the clock face up close.
Written 25 February 2024
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Thanks for your review and it is great to hear that you had a brilliant time on the Tower Tour. See you again soon we hope!
Written 27 February 2024
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cyrilthesquirrel
London, UK523 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Out side Rudloe Arms, took 231 bus into Bath bus station. Walked to Bath Abbey, and had an excellent tour with guide Stephen Herring, who was most informative, beautiful visit. Visited Bath Aqua Glass opposite, lovely things, but rather expensive. Took photos outside the Roman Baths and Pump Rooms, we had seen these on a previou visit to Bath. Walked to the Royal Crescent, had coffee in Pavilion Cafe, great view of the city, visited Guildhall Market and bought a few things. Good market, took X31 bus at bus station, back to Rudloe Arms
Written 19 February 2024
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Thank you for visiting Bath and the Abbey as a main part of your visit. I am pleased you had a good experience and look forward to your return soon.
Written 27 February 2024
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sierraromeobravo
United Kingdom1,208 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Awesome stained glass windows. You can pay to visit the abbey when they are not having a service. Cheap to get in and worth it a visit just to see the stained glass windows and architecture. Really impressive building.
Written 17 February 2024
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Thank you for your review - I'm pleased to hear that you had a great visit and especially enjoyed seeing our stained glass... look out for a new stained glass window installation later this year!
Written 27 February 2024
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Yurtconvert
Lincoln, UK17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Our tour guides were fantastic & so enthusiastic. They answered all our questions with confidence mixed with great humour. Immy & Emilie are a credit to the Abbey.
Written 15 February 2024
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Thank you for your positive review about your visit to Bath Abbey. We are delighted that you had a great experience, especially with our Tower Tour guides, Immy and Emilie. We hope to see you again soon!
Written 16 February 2024
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21Tina12
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Omg do the tower tour! The abbey do two tours, one is included with the entrance fee (Floor tour) and for a bit extra they do the tower tour. The tour of the Abbey floor (Nave) was wonderful and very informative. The tower tour was amazing! We got to see the bell tower! Tower tour is every hour on the hour 10am onwards and lasts about an hour. The floor tour is at quarter past the hour and lasts about half an hour.

Informative and friendly tour guides!

LOTS of steep stone steps with the tower tour so if you're afraid of heights or have mobility problems I would say give the tower tour a miss.

The Abbey has a lot of gorgeous stained glass windows and well maintained flooring. Don't forget to look up at the intregate ceiling!

The gift shop sells some really cute church mice and 'stained glass' hanging decorations. Everyone there is lovely.
Written 15 February 2024
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Thank you for your excellent review of your visit to Bath Abbey. It is great you had such a comprehensive visit and it sounds like you tried everything! I'm delighted that you had a great experience, especially with our Floor Tour, Tower Tour and shop! We hope to see you again soon.
Written 16 February 2024
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fleur2
UK19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This is a review on behalf of my 16 year old daughter, who took a rooftop tour and says it was amazing. She says that the guides Toby and Immy were kind, patient and knowledgeable, and she came down having had a great time and loads of excellent photos on her phone.
Written 13 February 2024
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Thank you for your kind feedback about your daughter's visit to Bath Abbey. We are delighted that she enjoyed your tour with Toby and Immy, and were able to get some fantastic photos to remember the visit by. We hope to welcome you all back again soon.
Written 14 February 2024
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MikeyPG
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
We really enjoyed our trip to the abbey today. We went up the tower with Immy and Toby as our guides and they were brilliant. Our boys loved hearing about the history and the stories of the tower and bells. The views at the top were amazing. Would thoroughly recommend - don’t leave Bath without doing it!
Written 12 February 2024
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Thank you for visiting Bath Abbey! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit and had a great time during the tour led by Immy and Toby up the Tower. We appreciate your feedback and hope to welcome you back soon.
Written 14 February 2024
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