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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. Make Bath Abbey part of your personalized Bath itinerary using our Bath trip itinerary planner .
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  • Even though the Abbey is having a lot of internal work it was still so interesting. A beautiful abbey with such an interesting history.  more »
  • Unfortunately large areas not accessible while internal works are underway. Couldn't see it at its best.  more »
  • Not much to see and there are building works taking place so altar area sealed off. Some interesting tiles from 13 century have been found and ask steward to see pictures. I was in and out in 15 minut...  more »
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  • The Abbey is beautiful inside and out, the architecture of the building, especially the ceiling inside and the stain glass windows is breathtaking. I would recommend anyone that visits Bath to go and walk around and take in the history of the building.
  • Stunning building but not very welcoming staff. When we came in, to view the interior there was service at one point then later some other activities taking place but staff did not advice when we could come back etc. just declared we can't come in. Never mind?
  • Stunning is a word I'd use to describe Bath Abbey. So much detail on the outside and inside. Wonderful stained glass windows. At night it light up and is a sight to behold. All details for entering etc are in my photos.
  • Not a cathedral (isn't home to a Bishop) this Anglican Church has beautiful fan vaulting, welcoming services, and a nice gift shop. The Abbey is truly the soul of Bath and a must see. Tower tour gives exceptional views of the city and when the sun is shining it looks like a city of gold.
  • Beautiful place from the outside. However improvement work is underway and is a slight put off i would say. I have not visited inside yet so cannot pass comment.
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