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Bath Abbey, Bath

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Architectural Building Religious Site
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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  • An incredible architectural artwork. Some of the carvings on the outside already were quit astonishing (note the figure going up and down ladders of a sort around the entrance door). the door itself is quit a piece of work. Inside, there is plenty of interesting windows, tombs and stone plates to look at with the most interesting people and carvings on them. the place is still very much in use, so it is not available to visitors at every moment. Best to just check the signs outside the church for visiting hours.
  • We actually attended Christmas morning services. Welcoming and kind people who welcomed us. Beautiful architecture, wonderful history.
  • Beautiful architecture, rich history, friendly and very enthusiastic staff.
  • Absolutely breathtaking inside and out, i made the trip to Bath just to visit the Abbey, and i was not disappointed! I think the donation is a very reasonable price to pay to have the privilege of going inside this wonderful piece of architecture to see the amazing decor and relics inside, there is such history inside these walls. I wish i had of gone a much quieter time, as i just wanted to slowly walk around in silence to absorb all these wonderful readings and images on the walls, to truly get lost in another moment of time with this glorious history, but instead the Abbey was packed solid of people who in my opinion, had no respect for the place by constantly talking and mucking around, i don't know why people like this bother going to places of such culture and beauty, when it is completely wasted on them! I was blown away with it's magical beauty, and just needed a quiet moment to reflect on what i was actually gazing at, so sad and disappointing that people really have no respect to keep quiet in a place of worship like this, even when the sermon was being read, it's just ignorant, maybe the entrance donation should be much higher to keep people like this out, as it spoils it for others, along with the photo taking, as that's what i thought the gift shop and postcards are for, to buy your memories to take home, and so that the Abbey can financially benefit from?
  • Not very big but elegant abbey.