Sightseeing & Culture
Pilgrims and visitors have been made welcome at Bath Abbey for hundreds of years. As one of the most visited places in the South West, we welcome hundreds of thousands of people through our doors each year, but are fully aware that every visitor comes with their own expectations, beliefs and purpose.
Whether it’s to admire the wonderful architecture, to enjoy exceptional music in a beautiful setting or to join us in prayer, come and experience the Abbey’s rich history and special atmosphere for yourselves.
An historic herd of fallow deer roams freely in the 270 acres (110 hectares) of ancient parkland, full of magnificent trees and breathtaking views.
Young explorers can run free in the Old Lodge picnic and play area, take part in a nature trail and tick off challenges on their 50 things list.
Splendid borders, idyllic ponds and a wildflower orchard are all features of the stunning West garden which is being sensitively developed as a 21st-century garden with echoes of the past.
Visitors can get a flavour of the richly luxurious17th-century life enjoyed by founder William Blathwayt by stepping into the impressive baroque mansion house.
A celebration of the BathIRON balustrade, Parade Gardens.
Sunday 26th May 2019 – 6pm til late
Join us in Parade Gardens for a fresh line-up of talented local FOLK bands, to celebrate the installation of the BathIRON bandstand balustrade – a beautiful sculptural piece which was hand-forged by teams of blacksmiths from all over the UK during BathIRON Festival in June 2018.
We’ve handpicked some of the best local folk bands from Bath, Frome, the Mendips and Bristol – with something for absolutely everyone so bring the whole family! There’ll be a bar and food stalls, and we’ll also be celebrating the traditional heritage craft of the artist blacksmith with live forging demonstrations throughout the evening.
The FireFOLK line up will feature Sinnober, The Drystones, Nathanial Mann, The Striking Clock and The Railway Sleepers: with everything from atmospheric folk-swing harmonies, foot-stomping jazz funk to roof-raising, barn-storming gypsy punk – we promise it will be an absolute blast for the whole family. Don’t miss it!
For more information about the BathIRON balustrade project and the Bath-based charity The National Heritage Ironwork Group who made it happen, or to sponsor a piece of the balustrade and dedicate it to someone special – go to the FireFOLK link below
Tickets available through the Bath Festival Box Office as part of the Bath Festival Event code K9
£10/£7 under 16 or with a valid student card.
£30 for a group family ticket (2 adult + 2 child)
Library and Archive
As well as its important collection of fine and decorative art, The Holburne Museum also holds about 4000 books
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The Egg (styled as the egg) is a theatre in Bath, built specifically for the use of young people. It was converted from a former cinema and church hall by architects Haworth Tompkins. The Grade II listed Victorian building houses the eponymous ‘egg’-shaped auditorium, around which an arts cafe, rooftop rehearsal space and basement technical workshop are arranged.
Originally built in the 1930s, The Little Theatre has kept it’s vintage, art-deco style that makes you feel like you’re stepping back into the past. Showing a range of the latest films in the two screens, the Little also specializes in showing vintage films every Sunday, as well as foreign films and documentaries on Tuesdays and during the week. The cinema screens are also available to hire for weddings, as well as the new events space opening soon that can be used for a range of services.
The Little also has ‘Big Scream’ showings every Wednesday at 10:30, specifically for parents or carers with babies under the age of one. It allows you to see the latest films without feeling like you might disturb the screen – with the house lights being left slightly on and a changing table at the back of the screen available to use at any time.
There’s also ‘Toddler Time’ every Tuesday at 11:00. Exclusively for parents or carers with preschool children, these screenings show short films to help your toddler get used to the cinema experience, whilst also being fun for you little one.
‘Kid’s Club’ is also on every Saturday, with activities starting from 10:30 and the film starting at 11:00. Exclusively for parents or carers with children, a different film is shown every week with creative activities related to the film before the film starts.
Grab your very best explorer’s outfit and head out on an adventure to Wild Place Project, where you will discover amazing species from around the world! Get up close to incredible animals in a natural setting, with 40 beautiful acres to explore.
Take a stroll beneath the leafy canopies of Bear Wood, the UK’s largest and most ambitious brown bear exhibit NEW to Wild Place Project this year. Look out for wolves, Eurasian lynx and wolverines on the woodland floor below, and marvel as four magnificent brown bears splash around and climb up the trees.
Meet majestic giraffes at eye-level and survey our African grasslands from a special viewing platform. Marvel as five different types of mischievous lemur scamper around your feet in our immersive walk-through. Experience the thrill of seeing cheetahs, wolves and baboons, and learn about protecting habitats both worldwide and on your doorstep.
While you’re here, do as the animals do and embrace your wild side! Kick off your shoes and tantalise your toes with our Barefoot Trail, or fling yourself through the air with Leap of Faith.* Wild Place Project is one big adventure for all the family!
Book online a day or more in advance and save 10% at www.wildplace.org.uk.
*Additional charges apply