The Bath Abbey

Located next to the Roman Baths is the Bath Abbey, a Grade 1 listed building. The abbey has undergone numerous changes over years, survived conflicts and wars but still stands proud not only as a place of worship but also an important visitor attraction in Bath. The present abbey building was founded in 1499 when the newly appointed, Bishop of Bath, Oliver King had a dream of ascending and descending angels. This was the inspiration behind the interesting 'Ladders of Angels' on the western façade of the Abbey. The entire architecture is lovely. You can spend quite a lot of time admiring the patterns and designs on the walls.

The inside of the abbey is bright due to the large stained glass windows which are pieces of art in themselves. I was carrying a pair of binoculars with me and these were quite helpful to look at the pieces on the top. A lot of time was spent reading the inscription on the head/tombstones. All of this gives an insight into what life would have been in 1700s. If you are visiting the abbey, then I suggest you take the time to explore the history rather than doing a quick tour.

The abbey is open to all and invites a donation of £2.50 per adult and £1.00 per student. The abbey also has paid tower tours lasting a little less than an hour. These tours take you up the abbey tower from where you can enjoy beautiful views of the city. While the tour is highly recommended be aware that there are around 200 odd stairs to climb. But if you are fit and have the time, then go for it.

The abbey is definitely a must see in Bath. It transports you back in history. If you are lucky you might get to listen to the choir practising. Photography is allowed in the abbey but as with any place of worship be considerate to those who are worshipping.

Bath Abbey
12 Kingston Buildings,
Bath BA1 1LT
Phone 01225 422462

Abbey opening times:Monday 9.30am to 6.00pm
Tuesday to Saturday 9.00am to 6.00pm
Sunday 1.00 to 2.30pm & 4.30 to 5.30pm

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