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Schools and group bookings

Groups (10 people or more) are very welcome to visit and explore the Abbey at their own leisure and/or with their own guide. However, we do ask all groups to check availability of dates and times and to book in your visit in advance.

This includes any educational visits from schools, colleges or universities.

Please click on the relevant booking form:

Schools and group booking form (applies to colleges and universities also)

To avoid disappointment, we recommend that you make your booking at least four weeks in advance.

CONTACT US

To find out more or to discuss your needs and arrange a visit, please contact:

Visitors Officer, Tel  +44 (0)1225 303 310, Fax +44 (0)1225 429990 or email visits@bathabbey.org

Booking is essential as many services and special events take place in the Abbey. It also helps our team of staff and volunteers to co-ordinate the number of visitors in the building at any one time to ensure that people are able to enjoy their visit.

DIFFERENT TYPES OF GROUP VISITS:

Self-guided visit

We provide information leaflets in 27 different languages. We offer a special group discount for guidebooks at £4.00 each (Usual price £5.00). Available in English, the full-colour guidebook gives a fascinating insight into the Abbey and is the ideal souvenir of your group visit. To reserve guidebooks at this special group price please let us know on booking.

Guided tours

We also offer an hour-long guided tour with one of our team of experienced and friendly volunteers. Booking at least four weeks in advance is essential. Our guided tours (Price: £5.00 per person) will provide you with an account of the Abbey’s history and architecture, and are suitable for visitors aged 18 and above and English-speakers only.  We recommend a maximum number of 12 visitors per guide.

Educational visit

Bath Abbey has been witness to many significant events in history, ranging from its time as an Anglo-Saxon monastery to the present day. As a result, it can be a wonderful resource for visiting schools by helping bring history to life. Equally, in its role as a living place of worship, the Abbey provides an opportunity to understand what the Christian religion means today as part of a wonderful cross-curricular experience.

​DIFFERENT TYPES OF EDUCATIONAL VISITS (INCLUDES SCHOOLS, COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES):

Self-guided visit

This allows you to visit and explore the Abbey on your own, while carrying out your own prepared work. Our volunteer Stewards are generally available from 10am to answer questions.

Notes for teachers/group coordinators

We offer a Welcome to Bath Abbey leaflet upon arrival and if a primary school class would like to there is a quiz.  We can also arrange to send you pdf versions of our History webpages which gives an accurate and interesting insight into how the Abbey has changed over the years, the architecture and interesting characters in the Abbey’s past.

Guided tour

Price: £5.00 per person, maximum no. of 12 visitors per guide. This is a general tour, offering a brief history of the Abbey and its architecture, conducted by one of our team of experienced and friendly volunteers. It lasts approximately an hour and is suitable for English speakers and pupils in Sixth Form or above. If you have pupils who are younger but are studying History as a specialist subject, we can sometimes make an exception, so please do get in touch to check.  

Experience Easter 2017

Please check with our Visitors Officer for dates and times for 2017. Prebooking is essential. 

Price: £2.50 per pupil. This is a great way for Key Stage 2 (Year 5 & 6) pupils to learn about a key part of the RE curriculum in an innovative and fun way. Once a year, we offer local primary schools the chance to bring their pupils to the Abbey for a two-hour long session during which they will get to learn about, explore and reflect on the incredible events during Holy Week and Easter Day. We can host visits from school groups comprising up to 60 pupils at a time.

Gift bags

We offer special individual gift bags for pre-booked schools. Price: £2.50 per student. Please let us know if you require gift bags on booking.

Risk assessment form

We provide a draft risk assessment document on request.

Please note that children must be supervised by an adult at all times during their visit to Bath Abbey. Your group visit may be while an event or service will taking place. We would be grateful if you could encourage your pupils to be as quiet as possible and respectful during these times, as well as during their visit to our Chapels as we try and keep these peaceful areas for quiet prayer.