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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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  • In the centre of Bath, the Abbey is not to be missed. It’s frequently surrounded by tourists, yet there is a relaxed atmosphere in the surrounding area. Entrance to the Abbey is simple, and a modest d...  more »
  • A beautiful church to either visit or worship at (services are public) and cameras are allowed inside. Ignore the comments about the suggested donation - it costs thousands to maintain such an histori...  more »
  • Such a tranquil place even though there were lots of visitors. Very helpful and informative guides. Unusual items in shop  more »
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  • Fascinating place. Loved the vaulted ceilings, stained glass, and altar fronts. The organ also very impressive but sadly recitals now over for this year. Must come back next year.
  • Very much recommend the £6 Tower Tour. We we led by two youthful but very knowledgeable chaps that gave a thorough history of the Cathedral and it's inner workings. Beautiful views of Bath City from the top of the tower, and pretty cool seeing the bells. Worth bearing in mind the 250 odd steps to the top - not all in one hit, but the 150 steps at the start would take their toll on the less active. Overall, an excellent value for money tour.
  • Well worth a visit and all the more if you do the £6 tower tour. It takes you to the top of the abby with views all around and not only that but it's very interesting and informative. You get to go right into the bell tower and learn how they work and see the back side of the giant clock. We had a great time. (Not good if you're claustrophobic or not fit to climb stairs)
  • Beautiful Abbey. Magnificent stained glass windows. A peaceful place for contemplation. Well worth a visit.
  • Excellent place to visit. Whether your a Christian or not. We did the Abbey tower tour and it is very informative, the views from the top are amazing. Be warned, there are about 212 steps to climb.
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