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Bath Abbey

13 Kingston Buildings, Bath BA1 1LT, England
44-1225-422462
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Ranked #7 of 91 attractions in Bath
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings
Description: 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

The abbey is just stunning, but don't miss the opportunity to go up the tower. It' so much more than just a brilliant view, though I don't think that could be beaten in Bath. It's fascinating to see the bell ringers room, the bells themselves, the back of the clock face, the roof, I could go on. Well worth the... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

The Diptychs are so beautiful and well worth studying in detail. The ceiling is stunning and we gained a much greater appreciation of the Abbey by going on the Tower Tour. Views from the roof were amazing.

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Brighton
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We arrived on our schedule only to find that the church was closed for a couple of hours due to a funeral. After that we were able to get in before closing time - which meant a fairly quick visit for such an important place. We tried to make the most of it and enjoyed learning about the history. Wouldn't... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

A beautiful building with lots of history, would recommend a guide to give you plenty of information on it's history. There was a recital going on when we were there and it was excellent

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Los Angeles, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

If you have seen other abbeys it is not worth it, the other more famous ones are better. This one is free but more plain.

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Chicago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

The stained glass windows are stunning and we loved the light feeling and ceiling. We were disappointed that the evening service was not held. Worth the visit and donation.

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Belper, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Entry was free, although a donation was recommended. The church is magnificently presented, and the staff welcoming. The stained glass windows are outstanding, and the main west door is most impressive (from the outside - you don't have to go in to appreciate it!)

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

well worth a visit. The tower tour is great - taken by charming young people who really know their subject and clearly love the Abbey

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

The Abbey is free of charge to get in however they do request a donation if you're willing. The Abbey from the outside is very impressive and will truly take your breath away. I found the inside to be quite plain and not all that exciting compared to other Abbeys and Cathedrals, however it was good to see. You can... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Yes, you'll pay a fee to enter, but this beautiful church is worth it. The white interior reflects the light streaming into the abbey from all the windows above. Come for an evensong service or just wander through and sit awhile in the pews to absorb the peace. Admire the tapestries and stained glass windows.

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