Vaults Heritage Museum
On Bath Abbey's southern side, the Vaults Heritage Museum contains fine stone bosses, statuary and other archaeological artefacts.
Jane Austen's Bath
A guided tour of the Georgian city, organised by the Jane Austen Centre. 1½-hr tours leave from the Abbey churchyard.
Bath Visitor Centre
Across the street from the Thermae Bath are treatment rooms above the old Hot Bath, while the Hetling Pump Room houses a Bath Visitor...
A poke in the eye for the corporate coffee chains. The paint job's scruffy, the crockery's ancient and none of the furniture matches,...
Bath Abbey information
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.