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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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  • My family of 4 got in for a tenner, the staff were very generous and nice. You can light a candle inside and write a prayer on a post it note if you like. Nice and peaceful. Pity about the renovations blocking off a quarter of the place though.
  • One of the nicest churches of this style. It is bright, simple, and the architecture is wonderful. The choir is also one of the best, and the tower tours are both interesting and entertaining, especially at Christmas time when you get a mince pie and a mulled wine at the top, looking down at the lit-up Bath.
  • Beautiful building. £10 for the family to get in. Right in the heart of Bath. Is undergoing works but still worth the visit. Lovely windows and atmosphere.
  • Beautiful church inside and outside. They were planning ambitious renovations when I visited. They do not charge a fee for entry but suggest a small donation. Entry is regulated by when services are taking place - they actually lock the doors after a certain time after a service begins. Photography of the interior is not allowed
  • The sign outside looks like admission prices but we were told on entering that they are 'suggestions' and any amount of donation was welcomed. Lots of other ways to give them money also available (donation boxes, gift shop etc). There's not much to see inside the abbey, there's a big area cordoned off for work on the crumbling floors. There is beautiful stained glass, a stunning ceiling and architecture, amazing work and skill in this building.
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