Bath Abbey

sights / Religious

Bath Abbey information

Location
Bath , England
Telephone
+44 1225 422462
More information
www.bathabbey.org
Prices
requested donation £2.50
Opening hours
9am-6pm Mon-Sat, 1-2.30pm & 4.30-5.30pm Sun
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Looming above the city centre, 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.

Tower tours leave on the hour from Monday to Friday, or every half-hour on Saturdays, but don't run on Sundays.

Unfortunately there's no way out of the 212 steps to the top, but the view's worth the slog. If you're feeling really romantic, you can also book a private tour for two.

On the abbey's southern side, the small Vaults Heritage Museum explores the abbey's history. Among those buried here are Sir Isaac Pitman (who devised Pitman shorthand) and the celebrated bon viveur Beau Nash.