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.
First World War centenary commemoration, 'The Cool Web : A Robert Graves Oratorio', in Bath Abbey Oct 30th 2014

'The Cool Web : A Robert Graves Oratorio' and 'The Edith Cavell Story'

  • 30 October 2014 7:30-9:45pm

'The Cool Web : A Robert Graves Oratorio' is a brand new First World War commemoration piece for SSAATTBB choir, baritone soloist and 17 piece chamber ensemble, with music by Jools Scott, based on texts from Robert Graves' poems, some First World War poems, some from before and after the 1914 War, compiled by Scott's long term librettist and collaborator, Sue Curtis (Vice, Demon Lover). This WW1 Centenary oratorio charts the experiences and creative reaction of one of the great English poets, subjected to the horrors of the trenches.

Internationally renowned Endymion Ensemble ('a powerful sense of energy and mystery' - The Daily Telegraph) will be joined by Philharmonia Voices ('the choral interludes hit with the force of a sledgehammer' and were 'simply unforgettable' - The Guardian) in a performance conducted by Robin O'Neill (English Chamber Orchestra, 30 Grammy nominations as a recording artist). Soloist Edward Grint ('Hugely impressive' - Independent) sings the young Robert Graves alongside a children's choir that has been selected from Bath schools.

Preceding the oratorio, The Edith Cavell Story describes the remarkable life of the most heroic of WW1 nurses; and is adapted from Diana Souhami's biography by esteemed broadcaster and writer, Leonard Pearcey, who will perform it together with actress Sophie Ward (Heartbeat, Young Sherlock Holmes).

Don't miss this inspiring opportunity to celebrate two profoundly different personal experiences of the 'first modern war'.

Tickets are on sale now at Bath Box Office :

Suitable for

  • Any age


Band A £30
Band B - £25
Band C - £20
Band D - £15
Band E - £10


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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.