Hotels Near Bath Abbey
In the heart of Bath city centre stands the magnificent Bath Abbey, with its roots in history spanning back to 675AD, a landmark beloved by Bathonians and visitors alike.
Our Bath hotels near the city centre make the perfect base for exploring the stunning Bath Abbey, with top-notch restaurants serving local produce, cosy bars with an impressive selection of Butcombe beers, and welcoming, comfy rooms for you to rest your head.
Places To Stay Near Bath Abbey
After a busy day exploring the magnificent Bath Abbey, our nearby boutique hotels are the perfect place to stay the night with comfy beds, stylish decor and delicious breakfasts. Each is home to an on-site restaurant serving tasty, locally-sourced pub meals and refreshing pints of award-winning Butcombe beer.
Broad Street Townhouse
See all that the beautiful city of Bath has to offer with a stay at Broad Street Townhouse, a Grade II-listed hotel just a 5-minute walk away from Bath Abbey. Relax in style in one of our 11 luxurious boutique rooms, each with sumptuous king-size beds and en-suite bathrooms.
Take a break from exploring Bath city in our ground floor café/bar, or enjoy a more hearty meal at our sister venue next door, The Pig & Fiddle. Find out why The Sunday Times voted Broad Street Townhouse one of the Best Hotels in the South West, and book your stay today.
Towering above the streets of Bath, the awe-inspiring Bath Abbey is a world-famous monument attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.
A brief history of Bath Abbey
The site where Bath Abbey currently stands has been a place of Christian worship for over 1,200 years, with three different churches built there during this time. First, an Anglo-Saxon monastery was built in 757 AD but was then pulled down by the Normans. The construction of a huge Norman cathedral began in 1090, but the building had turned to ruins by the end of the 15th century.
Finally, construction of the present abbey as we know it began in 1499, taking a whole 120 years to complete from start to finish!
The Ladders of Angels
One of the first sights of Bath Abbey visitors have is of its west front, most of which is taken up by an enormous arched window.
Carved on each side of the window are two stone ladders with intricate stone angels climbing up and down them. This design was conceived by the Bishop of Bath Oliver King after dreaming of angels ascending and descending above him!
Bath Abbey’s fan-vaulted ceiling
Designed by architect brothers Robert and William Vertue, the abbey’s beautiful ceiling is hailed as one of the greatest examples of fan vaulting in the country. Whilst the original ceiling dates back to the 1500s, eagle-eyed visitors may be able to spot a difference in the vaulting above the abbey’s centre, which was restored in the 1860s.
Bath Abbey memorials and burials
Up to 8,000 people have been buried at Bath Abbey over the course of centuries, with the earliest burial dating from 1625, and the last from 1845.
The abbey’s walls and floor feature a staggering 1,526 memorials, which honour people from all walks of life, from the Chiltons – a family of local plumbers who lived during the early 19th century, to US Senator William Bingham.
Bath Abbey’s stained glass windows
With 52 glass windows filling around 80% of the wall space, the abbey is nicknamed ‘The Lantern of the West’. Many of its windows use stained glass to depict stories, including:
- The Great East Window, which tells the story of Jesus in 56 scenes.
- The King Edgar Window, which shows the crowning of Edgar the Peaceful as ‘the first king of all England’ at the Anglo-Saxon monastery once located where the current Abbey stands today.
- The West Window, which depicts stories from the first five books of the Bible, including God’s Creation of Eve and Noah’s Ark.
Bath Abbey Tower Tours
Bath Abbey is home to the city’s tallest tower, which stands at 161 feet high.
Visitors can climb the tower’s 212 steps for stunning views of Bath and beyond, as well as to see the abbey’s 18th-century bells, stand on top of the famous fan-vaulted ceiling and even sit behind the abbey’s famous clock face!