Bath Abbey is a flourishing CofE parish church that serves a small city centre parish. It holds daily services of morning and evening prayer or Holy Communion, and there are sixservices on Sunday. The Abbey's four choirs support worship in services, and regular choir workshops and concerts are held. The present Abbey was started in 1499 but not completely finished until 1616. It was built on the site of a Norman cathedral, which had itself been built on the site of an Anglo-Saxon monastery. The West Front has unique stonework depicting a ladder of angels, while inside there are nearly 1,500 memorials; only Westminster Abbey has more.
Facilities – at a glance
Assist dogs allowed
Suitable for all child ages
- Suitable for children of all ages
- Parking nearby
- Fully accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Abbey open all year, usually 9-5. Closed 25-26 Dec & Good Fri. Sun opening usually 1-2.30 & 4.30-5.30. Please call or check website for short notice closures or restrictions
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About the area
Somerset means ‘summer pastures’ – appropriate given that so much of this county remains rural and unspoiled. Ever popular areas to visit are the limestone and red sandstone Mendip Hills rising to over 1,000 feet, and by complete contrast, to the south and southwest, the flat landscape of the Somerset Levels. Descend to the Somerset Levels, an evocative lowland landscape that was the setting for the Battle of Sedgemoor in 1685. In the depths of winter this is a desolate place and famously prone to extensive flooding. There is also a palpable sense of the distant past among these fields and scattered communities. It is claimed that Alfred the Great retreated here after his defeat by the Danes.
Away from the flat country are the Quantocks, once the haunt of poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth. The Quantocks are noted for their gentle slopes, heather-covered moorland expanses and red deer. From the summit, the Bristol Channel is visible where it meets the Severn Estuary. So much of this hilly landscape has a timeless quality about it and large areas have hardly changed since Coleridge and Wordsworth’s day.
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