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Bath Abbey

Bath Abbey

An iconic sight; Bath Abbey is this beautiful city’s hidden gem, nestled in the centre of a sandstone world. This stunning space takes on many forms, whether it’s alive with song or the home of solace and prayer, The Abbey’s intricate architecture is teeming with antique artwork and history. Awe-inspiring on any occasion, Bath Abbey is open to welcome you for a service, an abbey tour, or simply to light a candle for a loved one with accompanying choral harmonies.

The Abbey walls house over 635 memorials, many from the 1700s and 1800s; through this visual record of events you can learn about the many characters of this Abbey’s past and how their belief in Christianity shaped lives. Adorned with lavish carvings, statues and stained glass, you certainly will be inspired by the haunting beauty of The Abbey. Get lost in lofty ceilings with intricate engravings from the 1500s, steal a slice of delicious silence within these stone walls and you certainly will be awe-struck. Equally as grand yet contrastingly quiet, you will escape the hustle of busy Bath into a regal realm.

With each and every step, you can literally walk through history as The Abbey floor is comprised of 891 ledger-stones, flat stone graves which are perfect whispers of the past. No matter how tight your sight-seeing schedule, there are many features you can take time to explore, ranging from 15 minutes to 3 hours. With fully guided tours available, you can follow the 212 steps to the top of the Tower and discover the beautiful city of Bath from the ultimate vantage point! Be sure to check online for the full details of tour opening times.

The Abbey’s ‘Romantic Tower Tour’ is a perfectly dreamy way to uncover twilight views over Bath, with a complimentary glass of sparkle in hand! This intimate tour for two offers an exclusive behind-the-scenes peek at the Abbey clock and even the chance to chime those charming bells. Just for two, this could be the most spellbinding spot to pop the question…

With so many unique ways to explore this gem of antiquity, be sure to pop by for a visit and take advantage of the Abbey’s wealth of history. The office is open to visitors Monday 10am-3.30pm, Tuesday - Friday, 9am - 3.30pm.

Feeling inspired? To find out more about the Abbey Tours or book online, visit Bath Abbey for more details.

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