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Bath Abbey

History

Blessed Sacrament windowBath Abbey stands at the heart of the city of Bath. During the past twelve and a half centuries, three different churches have occupied this site:

An Anglo-Saxon Abbey Church dating from 757, pulled down by the Norman conquerors of England soon after 1066; A massive Norman cathedral begun about 1090. It was larger than the Monastery could afford to maintain and by the end of the 15th century was
in ruins; The present Abbey church founded in 1499, ruined after the dissolution of the monasteries in 1539 by order of Henry VIII.

It was restored and has been supported ever since by successive
generations of those whose church it has been and by other benefactors. The Bath Abbey 2000 campaign of restoration and conservation has continued that tradition. Bath Abbey is now an active parish church in the Church of England. In 1999 it celebrated its five hundredth anniversary.

 

Architecture

The Abbey has splendid fan vaulting, stained glass windows and
embroidery which visitors can enjoy viewing.

Attractions

The Abbey Shop stocks a large range of bibles, Christian books, guide books, postcards, greetings cards, CDs, icons, jewellery and gifts.

All profits from the shop go towards the ministry and maintenance of the Abbey.

Opening times - Monday to Saturday

10:00 - 17:30 April - October
10:00 - 16:30 November - March

Tower Tours

A Tower Tour gives visitors to the Abbey a chance to look at the building from a very different perspective. There are 212 steps to the top of the Tower arranged in 2 spiral staircases. A Tower Tour is fully guided and lasts for 50 minutes taking in the bells, clock face and fan vaulting before reaching the top of the tower with a 360 degree view of the city.

Tickets cost 6 for adults; 3 for children (5 ? 15)

Children must be at least 5 years old and accompanied by a responsible adult.

To arrange a group Tower Tour please contact Joe Reynolds, Tower Tour Manager on 01225 303310 or towertours@bathabbey.org

Local Interest

The Roman Baths
The Guildhall
Victoria Art Gallery
The Royal Crescent
The Jane Austen Museum
The American Museum
The Holburne Museum of Art