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Tower Tours

 

Tower Tours offer the chance to go behind the scenes and look at the Abbey from a very different perspective. The fully guided tour takes 45 - 50 minutes.

On your way up, you will get to visit the ringing chamber and bell chamber, stand on top of the Abbey’s fan vaulted ceiling, and even sit behind the clock face. Once up on the roof you will have the best vantage point in Bath to enjoy spectacular views of our beautiful city and see right into the countryside.

There are 212 steps to the top of the Tower arranged in two spiral staircases with an opportunity to rest in between.

Tour times

Mondays to Fridays

January to March  11am - 4pm on the hour
April to August 10am - 5pm on the hour
September and October 10am - 4pm on the hour
November 11am - 3pm on the hour
December 11am - 3pm on the hour

Saturdays

Every half hour as above

Sundays

Tower Tours closed 

Tours may be more frequent during peak times and school holidays.

Tickets: Adult £6; Child (5–15 years) £3

These can be purchased from the Abbey shop on the day only. Group bookings need to be booked in advance.

Health and safety information

You need to be reasonably fit and in good health to climb the narrow stone spiral staircases. Please make your guide aware if you have any issues that may affect your ability to complete the tour. Sensible footwear should be worn. Children must be at least five years old and accompanied by a responsible adult (1 adult per 1 child, ages 5-10; 1 adult per 4 children, ages 11-15). Children must be able to climb and descend the stairs independently and should not be carried.

Tower Tour closures

Tower Tours do not take place during Services, special events and bell ringing. During adverse weather conditions, tours may also be disrupted and may be subject to cancellation at very short notice. We apologise for any inconvenience but this is a necessary safety precaution.

Planned closures/variations will be shown here as soon as we become aware of them.

 

No Tower Tours on the following days:

24 December - Christmas Eve

25 December - Christmas Day

26 December - Boxing Day

25 March - Good Friday

27 June - Bath University graduations

29 June - Bath University graduations

30 June - Bath University graduations

Variations:

04 June - the first tour of the day will leave at 1pm

28 June - there will be no tours during the day, instead there will be tours at 5pm, 6pm and 7pm

20 July - tours will run until 7pm

21 July - tours will run until 7pm

 

 

For further information or to book a group tower tour please contact 01225 422462 or towertours@bathabbey.org