Bath Abbey , also known as the Abbey Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, is a historic Anglican parish church located in the city of Bath. It is one of the most notable and iconic landmarks in Bath, renowned for its stunning architecture and rich history. It's a must-visit attraction for tourists and locals alike.
The court and square outside the Abbey are a hive of activity in the summer months, and host the Christmas market towards the end of the year.
For the family, visit the Discovery Centre, which is an interactive heritage museum bringing the Abbey’s history to life. Expect dressing up, exhibits and games, animated timelines, illustrations and stories.
For the active, the Abbey's tower offers panoramic views of the city and surrounding countryside for those happy to climb its 212 steps. A fully guided tower tour lasts 45-60 minutes and are available throughout the day.
For history and architecture enthusiast, explore the stunning architecture, attend services, or take guided tours to learn more about its history and significance.
The original abbey on the site was founded in the 7th century, but the current structure dates back to the late 15th century. The abbey was a Benedictine monastery until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 16th century, after which it became the parish church of Bath. The abbey underwent various renovations and additions giving it a unique blend over the centuries and is considered one of the finest examples of Gothic and Perpendicular Gothic architectural styles.
The exterior of Bath Abbey is characterized by its impressive west front, adorned with intricate stone carvings depicting biblical scenes and figures. The large stained glass windows are another notable feature, showcasing magnificent medieval and Victorian designs.
Bath Abbey boasts a grand and spacious nave with soaring fan vaulting, adorned with beautiful stained glass windows, ornate tombs, and intricate stone carvings. Notably, there is a memorial to Admiral Arthur Phillip, the first Governor of New South Wales, Australia, who was buried in the abbey in 1814.
Bath Abbey has played a significant role in the history of Bath and has been the site of numerous important events. It has hosted coronation ceremonies, royal visits, and religious services of national significance. Today, the abbey continues to be an active place of worship, offering regular services, concerts, and community events.
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