Bath Abbey

Bath Abbey

Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Religious Sites
10:00 - 17:45
Monday
10:00 - 16:45
Tuesday
10:00 - 16:45
Wednesday
10:00 - 16:45
Thursday
10:00 - 16:45
Friday
10:00 - 16:45
Saturday
10:00 - 17:45
Sunday
12:00 - 13:45
About
Begun in 1499 by Bishop King, this is England's last great medieval church, dissolved in 1539 and now serving as a parish church.
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Sea Ell
7 contributions
Who is the mysterious C.M?!
Jul 2021
I was really surprised by how much time I spent here on my visit to the Abbey.

There was a short queue to enter the abbey so they could control numbers, and we had to check in on track and trace. Once inside there was a clear flow of movement through the space.

What made this trip so interesting was the sheer number of dedications, and memoriums across the floors and the walls, they make for fascinating reading, and some of them were truly wonderful - such as the effusive and glowing memorial stone that sang praises and heaped admiration on a woman they loved so much they were not going to name...she is just listed as C.M, and I really want to know who she was!
Written 21 July 2021
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Lydia V
Wolverhampton, UK349 contributions
Stunning Architecture
Jun 2021 • Friends
Amazingly preserved the Bath Abbey is a stunning site to behold when visting the quaint town. Its an ionic figure which you can visit for free. Inside you will find many wonders and beautiful sculptures. Its been preserved very well and is being looked after. I extremely enjoyed visiting this beautiful abbey.

Overall would defo recommend for history lovers as it has much to discover inside.
Written 20 July 2021
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Rob W
Haslemere, UK96 contributions
A lovely building with a thought-provoking exhibition on the slave trade
Jul 2021
This is a lovely building with magnificent ceilings.

Currently (in July 2021) there is an excellent and thought-provoking exhibition, which describes the links between Bath and its citizens (many of whom are commemorated on plaques and stones within the Abbey) to the slave trade.
Written 18 July 2021
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Helen M
Great Missenden, UK16 contributions
Read the walls
Jul 2021
Bath Abbey has beautiful fan vaulting, and an unusual decorative feature of angels climbing a ladder to heaven on the west front, but for me the most interesting part is the memorials which line the walls and floor. Some are mini works of art, others stretch the meaning of 'epitaph' to its limits with a pretty lengthy obituary.
Written 16 July 2021
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Karen C
Royal Tunbridge Wells, UK90 contributions
Nice gift shop
Jun 2021 • Couples
Our visit coincided with an organ recital which was nice. Some interesting museum stands. Lovely items in the gift shop
Written 13 July 2021
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mike r
Bromsgrove, UK963 contributions
Lovely Abbey
Jul 2021
We visit Cathedrals and Abbeys when ever we can and this one compares well. There are so many memorials and plaques that it would take you a week to read them all, however you will read some.
The slavery display seemed out of place. There was some restorative work going on and the Abbey looked good, especially the stained glass windows and wonderful ceilings.
Although free to enter, you are encouraged to make a voluntary donation on entry and I was glad to see most people do that. This monument deserves to be preserved.
Written 12 July 2021
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Mark B
Sheffield, UK175 contributions
Beautiful Abbey.
Jun 2021 • Couples
Today we visited Bath Abbey, a beautiful place to visit. There's work going on but there's plenty of volunteers willing to help and answer questions. A lovely, friendly lady volunteer who said she was originally from Liverpool helped to answer a few questions we had. She also told is quite a few interesting facts as well. Can't understand people complaining about giving donations and we actually saw people avoiding the desk and donation box. It's £5 which is entirely voluntary and all goes towards the restoration of this beautiful building.
Written 7 July 2021
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Mark Frenchman
17 contributions
Woke Marxist claptrap
Jul 2021 • Family
Of course we get the Marxist BLM nonesense about slavery and bad White man.
Yes Britain had slaves, as did everyone else, including Africans, as there are a cross that continent today.
Britain was the last into the slave trade, first out, then banned it throughout its empire at enormous financial cost, sacrificing many British sailors' lives in the process.
Britain was the greatest force for good in fighting slavery and freeing slaves in human history.
Of course, no mention of this. Just Woke, historically innacuurate claptrap.
Written 7 July 2021
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Fletch8612
Cheshire, UK133 contributions
Bath Abbey
Jul 2021 • Couples
Stunning Abbey. A must when visiting Bath. Small donation on entering is optional.
Personally, as I was paying people were walking past and ignoring this.
Written 7 July 2021
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Jade
26 contributions
A beautiful abbey
May 2021 • Couples
A really stunning abbey inside and out, we were given two booklets, one as a general guide around the abbey and another about their current exhibit ‘Monuments, Empire & Slavery’ which was really interesting and thoughtful display. Definitely worth a visit.
Written 3 July 2021
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