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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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  • Amazing place, under construction at the moment but still wonderful to see. The stained glass was exquisite and Henry, the guide was well informed and extremely helpful.  more »
  • Great to see anything open in this day and age. Small queue on a very busy Thursday afternoon everywhere else. Not a huge cathedral that takes hours or has hundreds of windows. Very small really...  more »
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  • 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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