While the current building of Bath Abbey dates from 1499, it’s built over earlier Christian churches that date back over a thousand years. Impressive as that may be, the story of Christianity in Bath dates back even further.The abbey’s Heritage Vaults Museum takes the story back to roughly AD 350. Opened in 1994, the museum’s aims are the collection and preservation of significant items associated with the Abbey. This undertaking gives visitors a great opportunity to explore the history of the abbey. More than a simple testament to times gone by, Bath Abbey remains a vibrant place of worship with services taking place every Sunday.
While the current building of Bath Abbey dates from 1499, it’s built over earlier Christian churches that date back over a thousand years. Impressive as that may be, the story of Christianity in Bath dates back even further.
The National Trust owns and runs the Bath Assembly Rooms – one of Bath’s finest Georgian buildings. As such, they’re open to view on a daily basis – when not booked for private functions. Entry to The Assembly Rooms is free.
Bath’s internationally acclaimed Museum of Costume is now re-branded as The Fashion Museum. With contemporary selections including the work of designers like Alexander McQueen, Mary Quant, Giorgio Armani and John Galliano the new name reflects the fact that the museum details costume and fashion from the late 16th Century right up to the present day.
The first letter sent with a stamp was sent from Bath. The Bath Postal Museum illustrates how Bath influenced and developed the 18th Century Postal System. It’s not just the story of the Penny Post that’s on offer though – you can find out about written communication across the ages.