Tours

Festive Tower Tours

We will be running special Festive Tower Tours on Fridays and Saturdays during the Bath Christmas Market . Festive Tower Tours give you the opportunity to escape the crowds below and enjoy views of Bath and the Market from above. Climb 212 steps, hear the history of our bells and enjoy a free mulled wine or hot chocolate at the top of the tower.

 

Friday 29 November
Saturday 30 November

Friday 6 December
Saturday 7 December

Friday 13 December
Saturday 14 December

11am, 12.15, 1.45, 3.15, and 4pm
11am, 12.15, 1.45, 3.15, 4pm, 4.45, and 5.30

11am, 12.15, 1.45, 3.15, 4pm, 4.45, and 5.30
11am, 12.15, 1.45, 3.15, 4pm, 4.45, and 5.30

11am, 12.15, 1.45, 3.15, 4pm, and 4.45
11am, 12.15, 1.45, 3.15, 4pm, and 4.45

Tower Tours

Tickets: Adult £8; Child (5–15 years) £4; 2 for 1 for Discovery Card holders 

Take a look at the Abbey and the city of Bath from a different perspective with our fully guided tour (45-50 mins).

Climb 212 steps to the top of the Tower. On your way up, you'll get the chance to visit the ringing chamber, bells and clock. At the top, enjoy stunning views of our beautiful city and its surroundings from the best vantage point in Bath.

Tickets can be purchased from the Abbey shop on the day of your visit. Group bookings need to be booked in advance by contacting 01225 422462 or towertours@bathabbey.org

Tour Times

Mondays to Fridays 10am - 4pm on the hour

Saturdays Every half hour as above
Sundays Tower Tours closed
Tower Tour Closures Tours may not run during Services, special events, bell ringing or adverse weather conditions. Planned closures/variations will be shown below. Otherwise, please check with us on the day of your visit.

  • 28 November - Tours at 10am and 11am
  • 24 December - Christmas Eve - Tours at 10am, 11am and 12noon
  • 25 December - Christmas Day - No tours
  • 26 December - Boxing Day - No tours
  • 27 December - First tour at 1.30pm
  • 01 January 2020 - New Year's Day - No tours

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 5 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.

Romantic Tower Tours

Treat yourself and that special someone with an experience they’ll never forget. The view from the top alone encapsulates Bath as one of the world's most historic and romantic cities.

Our Romantic Tower Tours offer all the elements of our regular Tower Tours, including a look behind-the-scenes at the Abbey clock, the chance to chime the Abbey bells and even to stand on top of our famous vaulted ceiling. But with an added twist - it’s just for two!

And for those ready to take the next step, look no further for the perfect spot for a marriage proposal. You'll always remember where you were when you decided to share a life together, so choose a spot that's pretty, private and unique.

To book a Romantic Tower Tour, contact us today: 01225 422462 or towertours@bathabbey.org

Cost (per couple): £100 (usual hours) / £150 (out of hours)
Includes champagne or non-alcoholic alternative

Visitors enjoying Behind the Scenes tours at Bath Abbey

Behind the scenes tours

Put on hard hats and take a sneak peek at the historic floor as it is saved from collapse and its 891 memorial stones are conserved. Thanks to our experienced guides, discover just why there are so many memorial stones on the Abbey floor, why the floor is collapsing, and the complex work carried out to repair the floor as part of our Footprint Project, as well as some of the things the team of archaeologists from Wessex Archaeology have found along the way.

Tour times:

Tours last about 1hr 15 mins.

Week commencing 25th November, tours will run on the following days and times:

  • Monday 25th November, 2.00pm - 3.15pm

Tickets: Adults £10, Children £5 (suitable for ages 7+), 2 for 1 for Discovery Card holders. Available from the Abbey Shop.

Hard hats, hi-vis jackets, and steel toe cap boots will be provided. Due to the nature of the route that the tour takes, it is not fully accessible. For more details, please contact 01225 422462 or office@bathabbey.org.