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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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  • Bath Abbey is a gorgeous building and well worth going in to have a look. I had some time to kill so I decided I would wander in and escape some of the rain and I was very glad I did. I’m an Aussie and hadn’t given any thought to an Australian connection while in Bath but while I was walking in the abbey I saw an Australian flag on the wall. So I had a look and noticed that it was a memorial plaque to Governor Arthur Philip who died in Bath. So that started a little adventure as it gave you the address of the place he died at. Apart from that the Abbey has stunning stain glass windows and the roof is beautiful.
  • Beautiful architecture and carvings. Truly stunning to see! Very busy area with lots of activity and live musicians. If visiting Bath then it's definitely worth stopping by the Abbey.
  • Beautiful building. A lot of history & detail from the exterior to stained glass & organ inside. It's right in the center & a quick visit. Might as well step in.
  • Take the tour if you can. A lot of steps, make sure you’re wearing suitable clothing. Views from the top well worth the climb. I know of a wedding photo shoot happened up there.
  • Bath is one beautiful hidden gem of England’s cities. It feels special to be here and you are part of this historical location. Architecture is stunning, atmosphere is cosy and creative, city feels alive, especially at that time when I was cafes were open and tables were out for people walking by, this city is full of history and Roman architecture!
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