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Planning your visit

There is plenty to do and see in Bath Abbey whether you’re visiting on a wet and windy weekday in February or a sunny Saturday in June. To make the most of your visit, please take a few minutes to plan ahead.

Ideally we suggest you allow between 45 minutes and 1.5 hours for your visit but you can see most of the highlights in 20-30 minutes if you are pressed for time. We warmly invite you to join us for one of our many services or events – click here to view What’s On.

If you have a little more time, why not try one of our Tower Tours? It comes highly recommended by many of our visitors who consider it one of the highlights of their visit to Bath, and at just £8 per adult, it’s often described as ‘great value for money’

The North Aisle and part of the Nave will be closed until mid 2020 due to building work to repair and stabilise the Abbey's collapsing floor as part of our Footprint project.

Footprint is a multi-million pound programme of capital works and interpretation which will provide innovative and sustainable solutions to our needs.

For more information about Footprint please click here.

For practical information on changes to opening times, how to find us, access, bookings, how to book with a group of 10 or more people, where to enjoy a nice cup of tea or where to buy a souvenir of your visit please choose a header from the menu on the left.


Use of tripods in the Abbey during busy periods is a concern as they can block gangways and exits and cause accidents if left unattended.  There is limited floor space in the Abbey and the use of tripods exacerbates this problem.
In order that there is no confusion about who is allowed to use a tripod and when the following set of guidelines apply.
• Tripods may be used generally between 09:00 – 10:00
• Outside of this time the use of a tripod is by prior arrangement only
• Permission to use a tripod will not be granted on the day
• Anyone wishing to make arrangements to use a tripod should contact the Operations Manager via 01225 422462
• Photographers working for the press or the Abbey are permitted to use tripods but should be clearly identifiable with a badge
• Monopods may be used at any time