Bath Abbey from the Air


Bath Abbey is England's last great medieval church, dissolved in 1539 and is now a busy parish church. A lively program of concerts and services keep the Abbey a central part of Bath's cultural life. Click for Panoramic movie of Bath Abbey

The sanctuary was begun in 1499 by Bishop King. From the pillars of the Norman church arose the pure late perpendicular abbey, inside nave, chancel, and narrow transepts soar to fan vaulting by Robert and William Vertue (designers of the fan vaulting in the Henry VII chapel, Westminster Abbey). Outside five-light windows stand between flying buttresses, crocketed pinnacles and a castellated pierced parapet. A magnificent sight during daylight, but equally impressive when lit up at dusk.

Unicyclist outside Bath Abbey

Turner's West Front of Bath Abbey

Turner's Bath Abbey
The West Front of Bath Abbey
Watercolour, 1796, J. M. W. Turner
Turner's watercolour treatment captures the dreamy gothic quality of light on Bath stone and can be seen in the Holburne Museum.

Bath Abbey Heritage Vaults
The vaults are also open to the public from Mon-Sat 10am-4pm. Being a celebration of a site used for over a thousand years, the vaults include Saxon and Norman sculpture, a reconstruction of the medieval Abbey and a display of the Abbey Silver.

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Click for Bigger Image Sculpture outside Heritage Vaults Click for Bigger Image The Abbey Courtyard and Pump Room
Click for Bigger Image Unicyclist clinging to  Pump Room's Lamp Click for Bigger Image Bishop King's dream ladder in stone
Service Times
Holy Communion ------- 8.00 am
Parish Communion ------- 9.15 am
Choral Matins and Sermon ------- 11.00 am
Holy Communion ------- 12.15 pm
Choral Evensong ------- 3.15 pm
Evening Service and Sermon ------- 6.30 pm