Bath Abbey

Address: Abbey Church Yard, Bath, BA1 1LT, England
Telephone: 01225 422462

- Free


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.

Value for money

Price advice

Tower tours cost £5 for adults.

Expert tips

Check the 'visit Bath' website for seasonal (Apr-Oct) two for one offers with a valid train ticket.

Get a tour discount with the Bath Visitor Card (available for £3 from the tourist office by the Abbey).

The Abbey is an active Christian church and services are generally open to all – check the website for details of special events.

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.

Recommended for

  • Culture vultures
  • First-time travellers
  • Mature travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Singles
  • Great views / scenery
  • History
  • Design and architecture