Accessibility

We welcome everyone to Bath Abbey and aim to offer a space for all to enjoy the architecture and atmosphere. Our friendly team of staff and volunteers will be on hand should you require assistance. We are mostly a level access building apart from some of our tours. We have large print guides which are available from our Welcome Desk. We welcome assistant dogs and water can be provided on request. We are working towards becoming dementia friendly and are delivering Dementia Friends information sessions to staff and volunteers. We are also working towards becoming autism friendly and can provide ear defenders on request.

During your visit you’ll see a huge amount of work is underway to restore and transform the Abbey, this is part of our Footprint project. Some of this work will create additional noise and dust and parts of the Abbey will be closed.

Our access champion is Sarah Fielding, Visitor Services Manager. You can contact Sarah on [email protected] or 01225 303315.

Please click on the links below to help you plan your visit:

Accessibility Guide

Visual Story

Wheelchair access

Bath Abbey (except for Tower Tours and some parts of Behind the Scenes Tours) is wheelchair accessible. A wheelchair is available to borrow if required. To reserve one in advance of your visit please contact our Verger Team on 01225 303328 or email [email protected]. There is level access in and out of the building via the main entrance and exit with no steps to overcome.

Visitors with visual impairments

Large print guides are available from the Welcome Desk.

Visitors with dementia

Bath Abbey is working towards being Dementia Friendly. The Abbey is a member of the Bath and North East Somerset Dementia Action Alliance and some of our staff and volunteers have attended Dementia Friends information sessions. Bath Abbey's Dementia Champion is Sarah Fielding, Visitor Services Manager. You can contact Sarah at [email protected] or by calling 01225 303315.

Visitors with autism

Bath Abbey can be very busy. We recommend visiting at the beginning or end of the day when there are usually fewer visitors. The Abbey is normally quietest before 10am and after 4.30pm. Please check the opening times section on our website for details of opening times on the day you plan to visit or contact our Visitor Services Team at [email protected] or by calling 01225 303315.

If you are having difficulty coping with noise in the Abbey please speak to a member of staff or volunteer who will be able to lend you a pair of ear defenders for your visit.

There is more information in our accessibility guide and visual story at the top of this page to show you what you will experience when you are visiting Bath Abbey and to help you plan your visit.

Car parking

Bath and North East Somerset Council operate a blue badge scheme and recognise permits issued in other countries. The nearest accessible parking bays are in York Street or outside the Guildhall. Designated accessible parking bays are also available in most city centre car parks. The nearest short stay car park is a five-minute walk away at the Podium in Northgate Street, BA1 5AL, or the Southgate car park in St. James Parade, BA1 1TP.