This place is just spectacular! My review includes tour to the abbey's clock tower and main bell tower.
Highly recommend to go on that tour. It takes about 30 mins. and there's interesting stuff up there (can't spoil).
It's worth taking a tour at least to see whole town from high ground. You can see the building (Bath Thermal SPA if correct), where people swim in the pool on the rooftop. How crazy is that? :)
I'm a sucker for impressive architecture, especially architecture of the past. Whoever says that modern architecture is more impressive is having a fucking laugh.
I mean, who wouldn't love the intricate designs and patterns?
From the outside, Bath Abbey already looks remarkably stunning. When you walk in, you're immediately met with a large stained glass window and high ceilings that have beautiful patterns of their own.
At the entrance, you're handed a pamphlet and you're welcome to donate if you'd like, otherwise it's free. One negative aspect is I do wish that more information was provided concerning what I'm exactly looking at. There were cards providing information, but otherwise the experience was completely impersonal.
I found myself having a lot of questions throughout that I would've liked to have answered, but there was just no one available. For instance, maybe a few stories about the people who were buried at Bath Abbey, I saw all the headstones, but no information at all was provided as to who these people were, what they've done, etc.
Overall, I rate Bath Abbey 4 stars because it is an impressive building with stunning architecture and it comes at a free price. However, I wish the staff was a lot more interested in teaching rather than just handing out pamphlets.
I'm not a religious person but I love visiting churches, abbeys, gothic places etc. Its all about the architecture!!
And this place has it all. Definitely a must if you are ever in Bath.
Nice enough abbey on the inside, probably more impressive from outside although the ceiling is beautiful. Small donation asked for as an entrance fee. Our visit coincided with a short prayer with a on duty chaplin so if you're a Christian (which neither of us are) then that would probably be quite nice. Helpful guides dotted around to talk you and answer questions.
I love this Abbey in a different way than I love a lot of my favourite cathedrals. Much smaller than my favourite cathedrals, it makes it much more dainty, especially with the beautiful fan vaulting, gleaming Bath stone (which doesn't look nearly as yellow to me as say... Ancaster stone), and colourful stained glass windows that seem to reach for the heavens.
Besides the architecture and the location (smack-dab in the middle of Bath), I also love that 1) it doesn't cost a penny (or should I say pence...) to get in, but donations are encouraged (£2.50 for adults and a quid for students) and 2) you can take pictures and no one will stalk you yelling "NO PHOTO!" Ok, maybe that only happens at the Sistine Chapel... Anyway, with free admission and its proximity to the Roman Baths, Sally Lunn's, steps away from the beautiful River Avon with a view of the Pulteney Bridge, there is absolutely no reason not to go.
Bath Abbey sits on the main tourist square, right next to the Roman Baths - it's as if the Romans and the builders of the abbey were in cahoots with a view to attracting the tourist pound / denarius!
It's an impressive structure from the outside, redolent with stained glass windows and flying buttresses.
To visit inside, there's a semi-compulsory donation at the door but it's well worth the couple of pounds. It's what tourists expect to see with high vaulted arched ceilings and lovely stained glass windows.
There are organ demonstrations but we were too early to hear one on the day we visited Bath.
It's nice for a wander if you're ever in Bath
Wonderful part of strolling through Bath's city centre is this Abbey. The gothic arches are quite cool and although a contrast with the rest of the city which is known for its Victorian architecture and design- it is still a beauty. It is in this plaza along with just outside the Roman baths that you will see quite a lot of good street performers as well.
Basically, if you are in Bath- you won't be able to miss this place one way or another.
Some (like my guidebook, and various websites) have described Bath Abbey as the "Lantern of the West." I'm not sure if that's supposed to mean western England or western civilization, because if it's the latter, that's awfully presumptuous.
Still, Bath Abbey is a gorgeous building, with sweeping arches, high ceilings, and lots of stained glass. Yet, it's not nearly as memorable or grandiose as a certain, more famous abbey in London.
It's really close to the Roman baths, so if you're touring the baths, you might as well stop in.
Oh, and it's one of the only famous churches you'll find that's free to get in. Okay, actually you're encouraged to "donate" £2.50 when you enter, and I did, but it's not mandatory if you're really cheap (or broke).
Absolutely gorgeous church, inside and out.
The figures on the outside of the abbey are intriguing. The architecture is fabulous. If one has the opportunity to hear a musical performance inside the abbey - please take it in. The acoustics are perfection.
Bath Abbey should not be missed whilst visiting Wiltshire. It is a true beauty.
This place is a must whilst visiting the UK. Not only is Bath my favorite now, it has old and new to offer. When you visit any old establishment, you will come across tons, and I means tons, of churches. I loved this church! It was in the middle of it all yet still felt homey and very peaceful.
You do not have to pay to get in but do leave a donation. You can also take pictures inside.
Bath is an ancient city with a surprisingly young church. Although there has been an Abbey here since 676 AD (King Edgar was even crowned here in 973 AD), the present church owes its origins to Bishop Oliver King, who began its rebuilding in 1499.
The work was abruptly interrupted by the dissolution in the 1540's, so the last of Britain's great mediaeval churches was finally consecrated only in 1616. Its enormous perpendicular windows gave it the nickname 'the Lantern of the West', but in truth elements such as the nave roof were quick additions to complete the church.
Its restoration in 1864 finally saw these elements finished to their original design, under the sure hand of Sir Giles Gilbert Scott. The result is a feast of perpendicular architecture, with spectacular fan vaults and those huge panel windows. This is not to everyone's taste - it has been likened to a mediaeval greenhouse - but the central space is nevertheless awe-insipring.
A lovely quirk is the carving on the west front, depicting the dream which supposedly led Bishop King to rebuild the church in the first place: two stone ladders, with angels climbing up and down them to and from heaven. Proof, if proof were needed, of British eccentricity, even in matters of religion...
Yet another church.
It was a sunny day, and this showed off the stained glass nicely.
At night, the structure photographs well. If you have a good lens, try to capture the climbing figures on the walls on either side of the main entrance. They're quite creepy looking once the sun sets.
Word of warning, it closes early on Sundays (14:30) and they effectively close the doors at least 5 minutes earlier than that.
It would be nice to know if there is a pagan temple under the abbey (as it is right next to the roman baths and they, or another structure, may extend below it) but excavation is not allowed.
A lovely building with a nice interior, it would be hard to imagine skipping the place if you're visiting Bath simply because it's right in the center next to the Bath and it towers over the rest of the city.
While historic and beautiful, it's not as memorable as many of the other large religious buildings I visited.
baths centre piece, the abbey is what maybe bath a city and dose dominate the landscape! the interior is grand and everything one would expect from an abbey, there is also a little museum underneath the abbey which is free to locals which is small but can help get more info on the abbey itself. Probably the one thing to go see while in bath, tho its exterior is by far the most interesting part. Always very busy often with performers outside providing entertainment for the masses!
Located right next to the Roman Baths.
Outside the streets are always busy, bustling with tourists and street entertainers.
Inside its a haven of tranquility. The architecture is stunning, the glass windows beautiful. There is often organ music playing and its a great place to just sit, relax and clear your head.
Its right next to the Roman Baths, right in the centre of Bath.
Angels climbing ladders to Heaven on the outside & gorgeous angels' band overhanging the choir inside. Use the walking mirror for a magnified ceiling view. You can take pictures too, which is a definite bonus!
If you've not seen it before, Bath Abbey is always most certainly worth a visit. It's an impressive structure in many lights, but best in the summer sun or under the floodlights they highlight it with at night - which actually makes it look a little bit like a spectre or ghostly floating building. Of course, if you've come from far away to see this structure, be sure to go inside and witness the splendour inside - it seems like a Tardis, actually, being much bigger inside than you would imagine. Often there are choir and orchestral performances dotted throughout the year, so timing your trip with one of these is a wise move.
Sometimes I get tired of touring churches in Europe. I have been to Europe perhaps 5-6 times in my 30 some-odd years and they just start to run together. This Abbey, however, holes a special place in my heart. It's on a lovely square in the center of Bath and is free to enter (at least the two times I was there it was). It's a lovely structure yet understated. It feels homey and peaceful and just what an old English church should be. A must see in Bath!
This is the most interactive tour I've ever had of any church, we climbed the tower for an amazing view and got to ring the bells. I even got to sit behind the clock face in the tower. For 6pounds it was a steal and a great way to start out tour of Bath, and by far our favourite thing we did whilst there!
This medieval church is stunningly beautiful; it has beautiful stone and an impressive frontage with carved figures of angels ascending ladders on either side. The unique soaring vaulted ceiling is awesome. Close to the Roman Baths & the Pump Room
I was in awe of this place! Absolutely breathtaking...you can't miss it as it is right in the middle of the main square in the city centre. Can't wait to go there again. I think the staff in the gift shop could have been a bit warmer though..but overall, something I would never miss experiencing in England!
If Bath is busy and you need to escape the bussle on the streets then this is a perfect place to have a few moments to yourself. The interior and exterior are both stunning. Even if youre not religious then this is a perfect place to go to find peace and enjoy your own uninterrupted time alone. Recommended.
Bath abbey is beautiful - it is wonderful in the evening when it is all lit up. It is next to the Roman baths and shows the vast amount of history that Bath has - roman baths, medieval churches and georgian pump rooms.
Beautiful, the architecture is fantastic, but I disagree with paying to go in. It is after all, a church, if it was a volontary donation it would be different, but that aside, you cannot fail to be impressed.
It is centrally located, so you are next door to the Roman Baths, and to the main shopping area of Bath. it's also close to Pultney Bridge.
Very soon, there will be a new shopping area opening.
There are lots of coffee shops and restaurants very close by.
The Bath Abbey was one of my favorite parts about my trip. I liked it better than Westminster and serveral of the other churches I visited on my trip to London and Bath. I really recommend checking it out, and please be sure to donate to the Abbey so they can keep it open to the public!
Even though I don't like heights I decided to climb the abbey and although it's not exactly exhilarating, it was nice
this old church is fantastic, and very convenient as it is in the center of the city. interestingly, this is not the catherdal that makes Bath a city - that is in Wells - hence the bishop of bath and wells. they have cleaned it up recently and it looks stunning
A Beautiful Abbey inside and out. Well recommended while in Bath. I have attended a service which was rather quiet. Not for noisy children!
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