Bath Abbey

Back to Bath for today’s post.  Another one of the landmarks that I saw while in Bath was Bath Abbey.  Actually the name is the Abbey Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul.  It’s an Anglican parish church and it used to be a Benedictine monastery.  It was founded in the 7th century and in the 10th century it was reorganized.  In the 12th and 16th centuries it was reconstructed.   Bath Abbey is the one of the biggest examples of Perpendicular Gothic architecture in south western England.  I really enjoyed seeing the ceiling and the stained glass inside.

The view from the front

The view from the Roman Baths

The view from the River Avon

The fan vaulting ceiling

The stained glass

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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59 Responses to Bath Abbey

  1. Oh my word this is beautiful!!! My favourite of this series!!! 😀 Love the view from the river Avon!!! Crazy about the detail on the roof!!! This is just spectacular!! 😀 **

    • TBM says:

      Thanks Xandre!! My favorite view was from the river as well. I really liked seeing the people on the lawn and then when you look up you see this amazing church.

  2. Caroline says:

    One of many beautiful sights in this stunning city.
    I’d like to go back. I’ve been there twice so far.

  3. robin says:

    We visited Bath many years ago–but I don’t even remember the abbey! Thanks for the reminder 🙂

    • TBM says:

      There are so many buildings around it, so I can see why you didn’t see it or don’t remember it. A friend of ours told us to go inside to see the ceiling, which was why we popped in.

  4. Beth Ann says:

    Oh my goodness. I LOVE the vaulted ceiling pictures!!! They are all wonderful! I felt like I was there!!! Thanks for making my morning!!!

  5. Spectacular! That ceiling is quite something, as is the whole church. Incredible architecture and beautiful photos. Lovely post!

  6. blueberriejournal says:

    The ceiling is stunning.

  7. That’s so beautiful and awe inspiring. The intricate details are amazing. They just don’t build anything like that anymore.

  8. Wow, the fan vaulted ceiling is stunning! Such beautiful details!

  9. patricia says:

    It’s all so amazing but the ceiling is gorgeous.

  10. zelmare says:

    Magnificent! The stained glass windows are breathtakingly beautiful – your shots really do them justice.

    The 3rd picture looks like a relief of a hot air balloon landing on a dead tree – or am I being disrespectful? 😉

    Loved the post!

    • TBM says:

      I can picture the hot air balloon…good observation! I always struggle when I take pictures of stained glass windows. They always look so much better in person.

  11. reesephoto says:

    How on earth did they do such amazing things so long ago? It just boggles my mind. I want to visit europe so bad.

  12. buddhafulkat says:

    Gorgeous shots. My favorites are the stained glass and the close up of the tree, unusual and intriguing.

  13. Fergiemoto says:

    Great photos and beautiful, ornate architecture! I love old buildings like this!

  14. Novroz says:

    That’s a spectacular building!!

  15. niasunset says:

    How beautiful, how beautiful like a lace… This should be the poetry of stone… Thank you dear TBM, another great series with your camera. With my love, nia

  16. Lynne Ayers says:

    I love going into these beautiful cathedrals of England, they just fire my imagination.

  17. foreverpaper says:

    Two words: That ceiling. Way to make me want to go to England (not that I didn’t want to go anyway, but still… :)).

  18. Fabulous photos! Love cathedrals and stained glass windows.

  19. fgassette says:

    Thank you for showing us these beautiful photos. I love exploying and photographing buildings and churches.


  20. Gilly Gee says:

    I think Bath has the best fan vaulted ceiling I’ve ever seen, great photos thanks!

  21. Robin says:

    Lovely! I didn’t get to visit the Abbey during my one brief trip to Bath. It’s nice to finally see inside.

  22. Madhu says:

    Great photos TBM…even better than the previous set if that is possible!

  23. syniarita says:

    wow, that ceiling in spectacular!

  24. Jackie Cangro says:

    I didn’t go to this abbey when I visited Bath. I don’t know why we didn’t go, probably short on time, and now I certainly wish I had. Your photos make it look so lovely, especially the stained glass. That is remarkable.

    • TBM says:

      I know when we were in Bath, we didn’t have nearly enough time to see everything. I can’t wait to go back. I loved the stained glass. I hope you get to see it in person sometime.

  25. That ceiling is amazing. We stopped (rolling-stop kind of a stop) by Bath when we went to Longleat, but we never got a chance to go in. Definitely need to go back.

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