Bath Abbey, Bath
Categories: Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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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We went to Christmas carol concert for weary shoppers! Lovely! The host was friendly and welcoming and the whole place was breathtaking.
Wonderful building - very peaceful and beautiful. Interesting art exhibition on. Most amazing ceiling.
If a visit to an Abbey is for you then this place is a must, stunning architecture full of history with so much to take in. It is full of atmosphere, historic things to see. Try and take in a service.
After walking around inside the Abbey, two very knowledgeable tour guides. lead you up a narrow spiral staircase, totalling 219 steps to the top of the tower. At half way you stop at the bell ringers room, behind the clock face. The guides tell you the amazing history of the tower and how the bells have been rung through the ages. While standing behind the clock face every thing about the clock is also explained, very interesting, fascinating documentary. Then you continue the climb of the narrow stairwell to the top. The 360deg views of Bath and the surrounding countryside are quite breathtaking. The cost of the tour is £5, which is very reasonable for such a well organised, explanatory history, of the Abbey.
Stunning stunning stunning. Architecture well kept, fascinating interior, best fanning vaults in England. Loads of interesting things to see inside.
Clinton John James
I always enjoy visiting old churches on my holidays. The architecture of these old structures always make a great photo op. The Bath Abbey is a truly amazing building. The arches within the Abbey are incredible. The stain glass windows are also a sight to behold.
The terme are amazing. Everything is well conserved and well presented. The guide is quite expensive but worth it. I really recommend to get it
Absolutely stunning. One of my favourite cathedrals in the world, together with Mosteiro da Batalha in Portugal.
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