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Bath Abbey, Bath

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Must see · 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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  • Brilliant place to visit, so much history on the walls - if only the plaques could talk! We did the tour of the tower which was fantastic and the lady was very knowledgable- she really knew her...  more »
  • Entrance is free yet there are opportunities to donate. When we visited there was (amazingly!) a concert later on in the evening and we saw the musicians practicing. We also saw the Moon!  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!

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