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Bath Abbey, Bath

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Experience the rich history of Bath Abbey, one of England’s last grand medieval churches. Begun in 1499, the abbey was designed with a cruciform plan, used relatively rarely in other churches of that time. The interior contains fan vaulting, low aisles, nave arcades, supporting buttresses, and 52 windows, occupying about 80 percent of the wall space and giving the abbey an unusual impression of lightness. Climb the 212 steps to the top of the abbey’s tower to see the bell chamber, stand on top of the vaulted ceiling, and sit behind the clock face. There’s no need to pre-book your guided tower tour, with tickets sold at the abbey’s gift shop. Plan your Bath Abbey visit and explore what else you can see and do in Bath using our Bath travel itinerary planner.
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  • This was our first stop in Bath and we so appreciated the tranquility and beauty of the building. By reading the crypts we were taken back in time to get a sense of the history of the Abbey. However i...  more »
  • We visited the abbey on our trip in Bath- the architecture is lovely and there were lots of different chapels and stunning glass windows to view. If you have time this is a nice addition to a trip, it...  more »
  • The cathedral is like a mini Notre Dame. It is stunning inside and out. The carving on the facade is incredible. The interior vaults are spectacular. Just amazing!  more »
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  • The Bath Abbey is nearly 1000 years old and situated right next to the Roman Baths. There is entry by donation of £4 and it is surely worth the trip inside. It is huge and richly decorated. There are tomb engravings all over the place dating back centuries. I found many interesting epitaphs of people who died in India, especially one who died during the famous 1857 Mutiny. It was a delight for a cemetery lover like myself. There was also a choir singing so beautifully inside and I was very happy to squeeze in this place during my short Bath trip.
  • Great tour to the top of the tower by Sam and Katie. Very interesting and enthusiastic speakers. Beautiful views of Bath from the top. Top recommendation (plus queues are shorter than the baths).
  • Absolutely fantastic place to visit. Would recommend anyone coming to visit bath to go.
  • It really is a great abbey, I found this place so beautiful. Kindly check the schedule for the tour, as it's not the same everyday. Even the opening hours would be different! You can check those schedules on their website.
  • Bath abbey, like bath is beautiful and set in the centre of the town amongst the Roman baths and a delightful collection of arcades with independent an chain stores.

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A quintessential British town filled with quaint teashops and riverside promenades, Bath is packed with a variety of hotels suitable for a range of travel budgets. For a leisurely experience of this ancient spa destination, consider staying at a stylish B&B, where you can enjoy a private room and a hearty breakfast. To enjoy that feel of home-away-from-home and indulge in some "me" time at an ultimate urban retreat, book your rooms at one of Bath's many spa hotels. These luxury hotels offer top spa and fitness facilities, many of which are open to guests not staying at the hotel as well.
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