Bath Abbey

Bath Abbey




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The West Front of Bath Abbey
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Bath Abbey stands at the heart of the city of Bath. During the past twelve and a half centuries, three different churches have occupied this site:

An Anglo-Saxon Abbey Church dating from 757, pulled down by the Norman conquerors of England soon after 1066;
A massive Norman cathedral begun about 1090. It was larger than the monastery could afford to maintain and by the end of the 15th century was in ruins;
The present Abbey church founded in 1499, ruined after the dissolution of the monasteries in 1539 by order of Henry VIII, was completed in 1611.

The Museum celebrates, cherishes and continues the story of the Abbey site.

As a registered museum our aims are:

to explain to visitors how the Abbey site has been used by Christians for 1600 years.

to display evidence of the different buildings which have been here and what went on in them.

to show the impact the Abbey has had on the wider community in Bath.

to preserve items associated with the Abbey.

to demonstrate the achievements in architecture and sculpture associated with the Abbey.

to reveal the life of the Abbey today.

Venue Type:

Museum, Architecture centre, Sacred space

Opening hours

9.30am to 6.00pm

Tuesday to Saturday
9.00am to 6.00pm

1.00 to 2.30pm & 4.30 to 5.30pm

Admission charges

Please check.

Collection details

Religion, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Archives, Archaeology

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Bath Community Gospel Choir, Young Carers South West & Bath Philarmonia

  • 15 May 2015 9:15-10pm

Young carers from Gloucestershire, BANES and Wiltshire come together with Bath Community Gospel Choir to perform original music about their lives. 60 Young carers from across the South west have worked with the Bath Philarmonia Music in Action team and Bath Community Gospel Choir to perform their own music at the headline slot in Bath Abbey for Party in the City 2015.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


The Bath Chorus

  • 15 May 2015 8:30-8:50pm

Regarded as one of Baths leading choirs, The Bath Chorus have performed at concert venues across the UK and are led by Grenville Jones. The auditioned mixed-voice choir always give uplifting performances at Party in the City!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Bath Spa University Choir

  • 15 May 2015 8-8:20pm

The BSU Choir, directed by Francis Faux, is the main choral ensemble at Bath Spa University. This unmissable performance will showcase a world premiere of Nobuo Uematsu's Hymn of the Fayth as well as music by Gorecki and Ola Gjeilo.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


City of Bath Bach Choir

  • 15 May 2015 7:30-7:50pm

City of Bath Bach Choir will sing extracts from Faure Requiem, in anticipation of the visit of Choeur Darius Milhaud from Aix-en-Provence in June.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Bath Choral Society

  • 15 May 2015 7-7:20pm

Bath Choral Society is a lively mixed choir comprising of over 100 voices, engaging with professional orchestras and soloists to present you with a wide range of sacred and secular repertoire.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Down the Rabbit Hole

  • 15 May 2015 6-6:45pm

Opening the Music Festival with a joyous journey into children’s imaginations
this year’s Schools Procession and Commission are going ‘Down the Rabbit Hole’ as part of our cross festival celebrations of the 150th Anniversary of Alice in Wonderland.

Local school children have created special costumes with artist Edwina Bridgeman and will process through the streets of Bath accompanied by musicians from Action On Hearing Loss Day Services. The procession will lead you to the Abbey where you will be greeted by our choir of school children exploring their own Wonderlands in song, created by the children working with musicians Zoe Palmer and Genevieve Wilkins.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Bath Abbey Tower Tours

Bath Abbey's tower is open for guided tours every day except Sunday, at 11 am, 12 noon and 2 pm. You can climb the 212 steps to the top of the tower and enjoy a panoramic and unrivalled view of the city. Visitors can see the 10 bells and hear how the tower was built. You can also sit inside the Abbey's clockface.

How to obtain

Tickets at £5 (£2.50 for children 5 - 14) are available from the Abbey Shop. A 2-for-1 discount is available with a Bath Discovery card. For safety reasons, children under 5 are not allowed on Tower Tours. Contact for further details or to book a tour.