Lonely Planet review for Bath Abbey
Looming above the centre of the city, Bath's huge abbey church was built between 1499 and 1616, making it the last great medieval church raised in England. Its most striking feature is the west facade, where angels climb up and down stone ladders, commemorating a dream of the founder, Bishop Oliver King. Among those buried here are Sir Isaac Pitman (who devised the Pitman method of shorthand) and the celebrated bon viveur Beau Nash.
On the abbey's southern side, the small Vaults Heritage Museum explores the abbey's history and its links with the nearby baths.