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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. 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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  • Stone angels climbing to heaven on Jacob's Ladder is a highlight of its facade, designed by the Bishop in 1499 in accordance with a dream he had. The church has a soaring light interior. 
  • There is a great deal of history here so 'gen up' a little before you visit. The fan vaulting is sublime. The guides are friendly and knowledgeable. Note the 'ladders' carved on the front with angels ...  more »
  • Went on a tower tour which takes you up to the bell tower and roof of the Abbey. Even in November it was quite booked up, so I would suggest you book in the gift shop as soon as possible on the day yo...  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.
  • 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?
  • A wonderful building, well worth the visit. There was an excellent string orchestra practising in the Abby. The acoustics of Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings in C Major they played was one of the best sounds I have ever heard.
  • Quite beautiful and very interesting history. Also love that they are using the restoration process as a chance to reduce the environmental footprint and warm the church using water from the springs under the floor.
  • 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.