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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. Make Bath Abbey part of your personalized Bath itinerary using our Bath trip itinerary planner.
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  • A must when you visit Bath. Its free, but they invite you to make a donation to enter, The stained glass windows are really something. 
    A must when you visit Bath. Its free, but they invite you to make a donation to enter, The stained glass windows are really something.  more »
  • A day trip to Bath, with a visit to the Abbey planned. It is well worth the visit. The stained glass windows and the stone work are vey special. 
    A day trip to Bath, with a visit to the Abbey planned. It is well worth the visit. The stained glass windows and the stone work are vey special.  more »
  • We arranged and paid for the Tower Tour inside the Abbey - the cost is £10 per person. Considering a recommended donation to go into the Abbey is £5 we thought that this was a reasonable amount to... 
    We arranged and paid for the Tower Tour inside the Abbey - the cost is £10 per person. Considering a recommended donation to go into the Abbey is £5 we thought that this was a reasonable amount to...  more »
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  • I did the tower tour. Our guide Edd was very knowledgeable. Listening to the history was amazing. The climbed up wasn't to bad in different levels. Well worth the climbed just to see the view.
  • Really nice abbey - size of a typical cathedral and easy to find in the centre of Bath. Suggested £5 donation, but entry is officially free. You don't actually have to pay. In the style of most of the cathedrals in this country, it's surprisingly light and airy inside. Lovely decorations and stained glass windows. Outside in the public square, there's always some musician playing some nice music. Overall, definitely worth visiting!
  • Today we did the Tower Tour. It is definitely up there on things to do in Bath. Ben our guide was absolutely lovely, great humour, interesting facts about the church and informative. The Abbey is beautiful and steeped in history. Well worth a visit.
  • I attended a Bath University graduation ceremony. An absolutely incredibly piece of architecture, currently undergoing it's Footprint project to help sustain the building, it is worth the visit! I would highly recommend a visit.
  • If you ever visit Bath you should never miss the tower tour for the Bath Cathedral. Our guide Ed is the best. Tour is about 50 mins and only £10.00. Best £10.00 I’ve spent in UK. You’ll see the Cathedral’s amazing bells, and they’ll let you ring the bells.. 😊 But the best part is seeing bath from the tower. The view is just amazing. Thanks Ed for the wonderful tour. 😉

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