At the centre of the historical city of Bath stands the spectacular Bath Abbey, with its ornate, detailed gothic architecture – a must-see attraction for visitors to the honey-hued city.
Once you’ve explored the magnificent Abbey, pop into one of our welcoming pubs in Bath, where you can treat yourself to a mouth-watering, locally-sourced meal and sample the delights of our impressive selection of proper Butcombe beers and ales.
Pubs and inns near Bath Abbey
After a busy day exploring the magnificent Bath Abbey, you deserve a pint of proper beer. Stop in at one of our nearby pubs and enjoy a locally-sourced classic pub meal alongside a refreshing pint of award-winning Butcombe ale.
The Methuen Arms
Formerly a nunnery, The Methuen Arms pub in Corsham was transformed into coaching inn and brewery from 1608, full of history and character. With a passion for great food and drink at its core, the pub serves up a mouth-watering menu of food lovingly made with ingredients sourced from its kitchen garden as well as a tasty range of award-winning beers and ales, perfect for sipping al fresco style in the pub’s spacious beer garden after visiting Bath’s wealth of attractions, such as its wonderful abbey.
The Crown Inn
Settle in front of the cracking open fire at The Crown pub in Dyrham with a pint of Butcombe real ale. With its rustic stone-clad interior, authentic wooden beams, and a beautiful beer garden, you can enjoy a thirst-quenching drink after spending the day visiting the abbey and Bath’s other sights. Sample the comforting menu at the on-site restaurant, chock-full of pub classics, with options for all dietary requirements, and the pickiest eaters.
The George Inn
Take a break from exploring the Roman city of Bath for an award-winning pint at the historic George Inn in Norton St. Philip. In the Grade II-listed inn, dating back to 1397, you’ll find stretching wooden beams, stone-clad walls, and a cosy atmosphere unlike anywhere else in the South West. Treat yourself to your favourite pub meal from the menu, including classics like fish and chips, pie and mash, and one of the best roast dinners in the region – all washed down with a pint of our Butcombe beer after spending the day visiting the world-famous abbey and the many other attractions in Bath.
The King’s Arms
The King’s Arms pub is a charming, 18th-century inn located in picturesque Melksham. Whether you’re stopping by after visiting Bath Abbey to sample their hand-pulled real ales, enjoy their menu of seasonal, home-cooked food or while away the hours in their inviting beer garden, you can be sure a very warm welcome awaits you.
The Northey Arms
Located in beautiful Box on the outskirts of Bath, The Northey Arms is a stunning pub and inn steeped in history, with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. We’re passionate about great food and drink, with an all-day food offer focused on seasonal, locally sourced produce and hearty pub classics. Behind the bar you’ll find plenty of award-winning Butcombe beer and cider, and a wide range of wine and cocktails. A haven for families, walkers, cyclists and locals fresh from visiting Bath Abbey, The Northey boasts a large beer garden, an extensive children’s play area and huge carpark.
The Pig & Fiddle
An iconic building in the heart of Bath, the refurbished Pig & Fiddle pub has an all-day food offer, regular live sport, and a buzzing atmosphere at all times of the day. Get stuck into hearty seasonal pub classics, banging bar snacks, a delicious brunch menu, and Piggy sharer Sunday roasts in Bath, perfectly paired with a variety of craft beer, cask ale, wine and cocktails. The Pig & Fiddle is the perfect place to stop after exploring the nearby attractions of Bath, including its wonderful abbey.
The Quarrymans Arms
The Quarryman’s Arms inn is a family-friendly country pub located in picturesque Box Hill. The boozer offers a mouth-watering menu featuring pub favourites made with the finest seasonal produce, as well as award-winning pies and sausage rolls, and the best Sunday roast in the area. Behind the bar, you’ll find a delicious selection of ales, craft beers, local ciders and wines, while outside the pub’s newly-covered and heated beer garden is ideal for al fresco drinking and dining all year round – the perfect place to relax after visiting Bath Abbey.
Visiting Bath Abbey
One of the most stunning examples of gothic architecture in the country, the Grade I-listed Bath Abbey is a world-famous monument that attracts many visitors through its doors each year.
The history of Bath Abbey
Bath Abbey has a history encompassing over 1200 years, with three different churches built throughout this period on the site it currently stands.
The first church built was an Anglo-Saxon monastery, which was later pulled down and replaced by the huge Norman cathedral. By the late 15th-century, the cathedral had fallen into disrepair, leading to the construction of the present abbey as we know it today starting in 1499, with work completing 120 years later in 1611.
Bath Abbey’s Ladders of Angels
One of the first sights visitors have of Bath Abbey is its beautiful west entrance, most of which is occupied by a huge arched glass window.
To each side of the window is a carved stone ladder featuring six angels in the process of climbing up or down. It’s said that the founder of the abbey, the Bishop of Bath Oliver King was behind the design of these carvings, after having a dream depicting the same scene!
Bath Abbey’s fan-vaulted ceiling
Lorded as one of the finest examples of fan vaulting in the country, the Bath Abbey’s stunning ceiling was designed by English architects Robert and William Vertue. The original ceiling dates back to the 1500s, although visitors may spot a slight difference in the vaulting in the centre of the abbey, which was restored by famous Gothic revival architect Sir George Gilbert Scott in the second half of the 19th century.
Bath Abbey memorials and burials
Over the last few centuries, thousands of people have been buried beneath the abbey’s floors. The earliest known burial dates from 1625, with the last body to be laid to rest in 1845.
The abbey’s floor and walls are home to over 1,500 memorials remembering people from all eras and positions in society, from the Chiltons – a family of plumbers who lived in Bath during the early 19th century, to the US Senator William Bingham.
Bath Abbey’s stained glass windows
Bath Abbey has come to be known as ‘The Lantern of the West’, thanks to its 52 stunning glass windows which occupy the majority of its walls. Many of the windows depict elaborate bible stories and scenes of the abbey’s past, 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 which once stood 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
Once you’ve finished admired Bath Abbey from ground level, for a small fee you can take a tour of the abbey’s tower, accessed by a steep spiral staircase of 212 steps.
Taking around 45 minutes to complete, the tour gives visitors the chance to see the ringing room and bells, sit behind the abbey’s clock face, and even stand above the abbey’s famous fan-vaulted ceiling. The views from the top are said to be the best in Bath!
See pictures of Bath Abbey here.