Bath Abbey and Churches

(Bath, North-East Somerset, England, UK)

There are an enormous number of beautiful churches and cathedrals in Bath and most are in superb condition.

Bath Churches

Bath Abbey

Address: 13 Kingston Buildings, Bath, North East Somerset, BA1 1LT, England
Tel: +44 (0)1225 422462
Bath Abbey is one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the south-west of England and was founded in 1499. Built in the centre, the Abbey actually stands on a site with religious connections dating back to the 4th century. This parish church is also known as the 'Lantern of the West' because of the light that floods the interior through the abbey's many stained glass windows. The coronation service for Edgar, the first King of England, took place in a small Saxon church on this site, and the church was soon replaced by an enormous cathedral, so big that the present Bath Abbey could have actually fitted inside it. That soon fell into disrepair and was later rebuilt as the current, impressive Bath Abbey.

In 1539, King Henry VIII gave orders for Bath Abbey to be destroyed, along with many other churches in the country. His daughter, Queen Elizabeth I, later restored the abbey, which is when the abbey started its long service as the city's principal parish church. Attractions at Bath Abbey include magnificent fan vaulting above the nave, carved stone angels climbing down ladders on the west front, the Edgar window on the east wall of the end and the large courtyard outside, surrounded by benches.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday, winter - 10:00 to 16:00, summer 10:00 to 18:00
Admission: free, donations suggested

St. John the Baptist Church

Address: St. John's Road, Bathwick, Bath, North-East Somerset, BA2 6PT, England
Tel: +44 (0)1225 447450
St. John the Baptist Church is located in central Bath and was originally built in 1862. As the church's congregation began to grow, the church was extended and the original church can is now actually the North Aisle. Attractions at Bath's St. John the Baptist Church include countless stained-glass windows, paintings and a decorated pipe organ.

St. Mary the Virgin Church

Address: Pulteney Road, Bathwick Hill, Bath, North-East Somerset, BA1 2RH, England
Tel: +44 (0)1225 447450
The St. Mary the Virgin Church was built almost 200 years ago and is one of the most impressive Gothic-Revival style churches in the area. This church has a number of interesting features and attractions, including detailed architecture, frescoes, paintings, the Lady Chapel, an elaborate high altar and a grand pipe organ. St. Mary the Virgin Church is situated in the city centre.

St. Michael with St. Paul Church

Address: Broad Street, Bath, North-East Somerset, BA1 5LJ, England
Tel: +44 (0)1225 835490
The grand St. Michael with St. Paul Church is situated in central Bath and is one of the most stunning churches here, popular with photographers. Close to many shops, including the Podium shopping centre, the St. Michael with St. Paul Church was built in 1839 and is actually the fourth church to be built on this religious site. Highlights at the church include spectacular architecture, stained-glass windows, regular services and lunchtime readings on Thursdays.

Churches in the central area of the city

Churches in Larkhall and Fairfield Park

Churches in Batheaston and Bathford

Churches in Weston, Lower Weston, Newbridge and Kelston areas

Churches in Lansdown, Charlcombe and Swainswick areas

Churches in Oldfield Park, Wellsway and Bear Flat areas

Churches in Twerton, Southdown, Sladebrook and Englishcombe areas

Churches in the Odd Down area

Churches in Combe Down, Fox Hill, Monkton Combe and South Stoke areas

Churches in Claverton, Claverton Down and Bathampton areas

Churches in Freshford, Limpley Stoke and Hinton Charterhouse areas