Courtesy of Bath Abbey

Bath Abbey

Spellbinding architecture, rich history and varied calendar of music make it a place for everyone to enjoy

  • Heritage
  • Museums
  • Music
  • Sacred

England’s last great Medieval church, Bath Abbey sits snugly in the heart of the city, a stone’s throw from the famous Roman Baths and stately Georgian Pump Rooms.

Since 757, the Abbey has been a site of Christian worship. It has gone through many changes over the last thousand years. First, an Anglo-Saxon monastery and abbey church where the first King of all England, King Edgar, was crowned in 973 AD; the ceremony setting the precedent for the coronation of all future Kings and Queens of England. In 1090, a massive Norman cathedral was built in its place which 400 years later lay in ruins. Then finally the present Abbey building was started in 1499, but due to the dissolution of the monasteries in 1539, was not completed until 1616 which means it took nearly 120 years from start to finish! The interior was transformed in the 19th century by George Gilbert Scott.

Pilgrims and visitors have been using Bath Abbey as a place of peace and prayer for hundreds of years. 

The unmissable Tower Tours offer an intimate journey into the depths of Bath Abbey’s impressive architecture, and the opportunity to see an unforgettable view of Bath from the Abbey roof. Tower Tours take place at designated times Monday to Saturday each week. Check Bath Abbey’s website before visiting for details. 

Don't miss

The ladder of angels on the Abbey's West Front. In the early 16th century the Bishop of Bath, Oliver King, is said to have had a dream of angels ascending into heaven, believing God was instructing him to restore the Abbey.

Location

Accessibility

  • Limited accessibility for wheelchair users
  • Guide dogs permitted
  • Wheelchairs for use
  • Toilets for disabled visitors
  • Baby changing facilities
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