Bath Abbey


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Bath
Somerset
BA1 1LT
England

  • Main switchboard: 01225 422462

Bath Abbey stands at the heart of the city of Bath. During the past twelve and a half centuries, three different churches have occupied this site: An Anglo-Saxon Abbey Church dating from 757, pulled down by the Norman conquerors of England soon after 1066; A massive Norman cathedral begun about 1090. It was larger than the monastery could afford to maintain and by the end of the 15th century was in ruins; The present Abbey church founded in 1499, ruined after the dissolution of the monasteries in 1539 by order of Henry VIII, was completed in 1611. The Museum celebrates, cherishes and continues the story of the Abbey site. As a registered museum our aims are: to explain to visitors how the Abbey site has been used by Christians for 1600 years. to display evidence of the different buildings which have been here and what went on in them. to show the impact the Abbey has had on the wider community in Bath. to preserve items associated with the Abbey. to demonstrate the achievements in architecture and sculpture associated with the Abbey. to reveal the life of the Abbey today.

Further information

Opening Hours:

Monday 9.30am to 6.00pm Tuesday to Saturday 9.00am to 6.00pm Sunday 1.00 to 2.30pm & 4.30 to 5.30pm

Charges:

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Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services

Facilities:

  • Toilets
  • Meeting room available
  • Shop
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Wheelchair access to all public areas
  • Wheelchairs available for loan

Services:

  • Activities for pre-school children
  • Adult lectures and courses held
  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • Events and resources for children and families
  • Foreign language leaflet or brochure available
  • General guide to collections available
  • Guided tours
  • Induction loops in exhibition spaces
  • Induction loops in lecture theatres
  • Large print information and/or interpretation
  • Licensed for weddings
  • Object identification and/or written enquiry service
  • Pre-booking service for groups
  • Primary school education service available
  • Printed/audio-visual information available for schools
  • Secondary school education service available

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