There is nowhere else quite like Bath Abbey. Magnificent stained glass windows, columns of honey-gold stone and some of the finest fan vaulting in the world, create an extraordinary experience of light and space. We are a living church, a place where people have prayed for centuries and continue to worship today.
Once an Anglo-Saxon abbey, then a Norman cathedral, the present building dates from 1499, making it the last great Gothic church in England. With a rich history spanning centuries of change, conflict and reform; with many stories to tell of Kings and Queens, saints and sinners, and of ordinary citizens, there is plenty for visitors to discover.
Travel by public transport
For full information on bus routes and stops please visit https://www.travelwest.info.
Bath Spa train station is approximately a 7-minute walk on mostly flat ground to Bath Abbey. The station provides:
- Step free access to all platforms
- Staff help
- A ramp for train access
- Set down/pick up points at the station entrance
- Induction loop
- Accessible toilets
- An accessible booking office counter
- Accessible ticket machines
- Wheelchairs to borrow
Travel by taxi
Both Abbey Taxis and V Cars require pre booking for wheelchair accessible vehicles.
For information on coach parking please see http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/services/parking-and-travel/coach-parking.
Bath and North East Somerset Council operate a blue badge scheme and recognise disabled permits issued in other countries.
The nearest parking for disabled badge holders is in York Street or outside the Guildhall, both are approximitely a 1-minute walk to Bath Abbey.
Designated easy access parking bays are also available for disabled badge holders in most city centre car parks. The nearest short stay car park is a 5-minute walk from the Abbey at the Podium in Northgate Street, BA1 5AL, or the Southgate car park in St. James Parade, BA1 1TP.
For more information please visit http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/services/parking-and-travel/accessible-parking.
Path to main entrance
The floor surface is uneven flagstones with some metal grilles.
Getting around inside
Visual Impairment - General Information
Ticket/ information desk
Things to See and Do
Getting around outside
Customer care support
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.
Customer care support
To reserve a wheelchair in advance of your visit please contact our Verger Team on 01225 303328 or email: email@example.com.
A visiual story is available to download from our website to assist visitors with Autism in planning their visit.
Large print guides are available from the Welcome Desk.
An accessible toilet with baby changing facilities is available on request, please ask a member of staff or volunteer for access. Access is via a door with a width of 790mm.
We welcome assistance dogs.
Bath Abbey is a member of the Bath and North East Somerset Dementia Action Alliance and some staff and volunteers have attended Dementia Friends information sessions.
Our Tower Tours involve climbing 212 steps and are therefore not accessible for wheelchair users. To discuss any other access requirements for a Tower Tour please contact our Tower Tours Team on 01225 422462 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due to the nature of the route taken, our Behind the Scenes Tours are not fully accessible. Please contact our Visitor Services Team on 01225 303315 or email@example.com to discuss how we may accomodate your access needs for this tour.
Please let our staff and volunteers know if you require any assistance during your visit or you can call our Visitor Experience Team (Monday - Friday) on 01225 303315 for support before your visit.