Bath Abbey

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Abbey Church Yard, Bath, BANES, BA1 1LT

Price guide: Free

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Expert overall rating:4.0 out of 5
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Culture vultures, First-time travellers, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Singles, Design and architecture, Great views / scenery, History

Expert review of Bath Abbey

Bath’s historic centerpiece – its majestic Abbey.

In a low-rise city like Bath, the 17th Century Abbey is an imposing landmark. I’ve been here for recitals and concerts in the past, but the real treat (or not) is climbing the 212 steps up a spiraling staircase to reach the look-out point for amazing views over Bath. 50 minute tower tours are not for the faint-hearted – I had a bit of vertigo standing on top of the Abbey’s vaulted ceiling and it’s hard not to look down at the impressive sight below. Standing behind the Abbey clock is a great experience for big and little kids.

Price advice: 

Tower tours cost £5 for adults.

Expert tips: 
Children must be over five to take part in the tower tours.
Don’t go up the tower if you don’t like heights or small spaces.
The Abbey is an active Christian church and services are generally open to all – check the website for details of special events.
Get a tour discount with the Bath Visitor Card (available for £3 from the tourist office by the Abbey).
Check the 'visit Bath' website for seasonal (Apr-Oct) two for one offers with a valid train ticket.

More information on Bath Abbey:

Price guide:
Historic site, Religious site
Abbey Church Yard, Bath, BANES, BA1 1LT
01225 422462
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Mon-Sat 9am-4.30pm, Sun 1pm-2.30pm and 4.30-5.30pm.
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