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Bath Abbey, Bath

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Religious Site · Architectural Building
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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  • I love visiting abbeys and cathedrals wherever I go so this was a must. An absolutely stunning building outside and in. Lots of amazing memorials and plaques inside and the stained glass windows are.....  more »
  • We were spending a couple of days in the city and the Abbey was a must visit. Goes without saying that the stained glass windows are impressive - going around we were able to read the various grave...  more »
  • Technically a parish church but, for all intent and purposes, the Cathedral for the city of Bath and a building that can stand proudly beside other cathedrals. It doesn't have the outside space, it.....  more »
  • Beautiful Abbey. Lots of history, stunning stained glass windows. Currently undergoing building work but still a wonderful place to visit. Suggested entry donation of £4 but you can gain entry for free or less. Lovely gift shop with religious books, items as well as tourist gifts. Wonderful experience.
  • I thoroughly loved my time at the Abbey! It is so worshipful! I loved the stories told in the stain glass windows, they are majestic! The architecture and detail is amazing! I stayed for their Evensong service and found the pipe organ and chorus voices in this atmosphere nothing short of bringing Glory to God!
  • Magnificent Gothic abbey. The climbing to the tower is worthwhile (212 steps) as you can have spectacular views of the beautiful city and see right into the countryside. On the way up, you will get to visit the ringing room and bell chamber, stand on top of the Abbey’s fan vaulted ceiling, and even sit behind the clock face.
  • Such a magnificent place to visit! Make sure to take the tour. You get to see all the really interesting stuff and hear the history of the place
  • Good abbey, a fair amount of information, however they are currently renovating the floor. A worthy goal but one that makes off limits about a third of the abbey. However, the ceilings and windows are still magnificent.

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