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Bath and the Cotswolds Sights

Bath Abbey

Updated 05/29/2014

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Dominating Bath's center, this 15th-century edifice of golden, glowing stone has a splendid west front, with carved figures of angels ascending ladders on either side. Notice, too, the miter, olive tree, and crown motif, a play on the name of the building's founder, Bishop Oliver King. More than 50 stained-glass windows fill about 80% of the building's wall space, giving the interior an impression of lightness. The abbey was built in the Perpendicular (English late-Gothic)

style on the site of a Saxon abbey, and the nave and side aisles contain superb fan-vaulted ceilings. Look for the 21st-century expressively carved angels on the choir screens. There are five services on Sunday, including choral evensong at 3:30. Forty-five-minute tower tours, allowing close-up views of the massive bells and panoramic cityscapes from the roof, take place daily except Sundays; the 212 dizzying steps demand a level of fitness.

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Abbey Churchyard, Bath, BA1 1LT, England

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01225-422462

Sight Details:

  • Abbey £2.50 suggested donation, tower tours £6
  • Abbey Mon. 9:30–6, Tues–Sat. 9–6, Sun. 1–2:30 and 4:30–5:30. Tower tours Apr.–Aug., Mon.–Sat. 10–5 hourly; Sept. and Oct., Mon.–Sat. 10–4 hourly; Nov.–Mar., Mon.–Sat. 11–3 hourly

Updated 05/29/2014

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May 25, 2005

A must-see in Bath

Ask one of the officials inside and they'll be happy to share the rich history of this impressive cathedral.

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