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A Look Inside Bath Abbey in Bath, England

I really need to start placing a restriction on how many photos I’m allowed to take everywhere we go. I took so many inside Bath Abbey that I couldn’t include them with my post on Bath Abbey’s architecture, which already had quite a few of its own. Due to my snap-happy attitude in regards to photography, this look inside Bath Abbey will be slanted a little less towards words and a little more towards pictures!

A Look Inside Bath Abbey In Bath, England

We arrived at Bath Abbey during a midweek worship service, and after paying our £2.50 donation per person, we were asked to sit quietly until the sermon was complete. First of all, I don’t know how anyone gets any worshiping done in this place. There is so much to look at. Ceilings, pillars, stained glass, chandeliers – hello, distractions!

Second, I’ve never been very good at following rules. That blurry photo of the priest giving the sermon was taken covertly with my iPhone after sitting and thinking about all the photos I wanted to take got to be too much. Must. Take. Photos. (I think it’s a disorder.)

A Look Inside Bath Abbey In Bath, England

A Look Inside Bath Abbey In Bath, England

A Look Inside Bath Abbey In Bath, England

A Look Inside Bath Abbey In Bath, England

A Look Inside Bath Abbey In Bath, England

A Look Inside Bath Abbey In Bath, England

A Look Inside Bath Abbey In Bath, England

A Look Inside Bath Abbey In Bath, England

A Look Inside Bath Abbey In Bath, England

After the sermon ended, I began taking photos inside Bath Abbey like my life depended on it. Seriously, I was in the zone. I nearly backed over the priest as he was coming out of his office because I was trying to get a good shot of the stained glass. (Do I need to say two Hail Mary’s for that or just one?)

Joking aside, Bath Abbey could have kept me occupied for hours with all of its gorgeous design elements. One of my favorite things was all of the memorials along the walls. What I didn’t realize at the time was that these memorials were for people who were buried beneath the abbey up until 1840. Creepy. There is actually a bit of an issue coming up about it, because as the bodies inhabiting the space under the floor have been decaying, the floor of the church has become more and more unstable, even opening up in some places. You know what I think about when I hear that the floor of the church is opening up in places? Souls coming up through the gap and hitching a ride home with me to London. Nope, I don’t like this bodies-under-the-floor thing. Not one bit.

If I haven’t scared you off with my stories of hitchhiking souls, you’ll really want to make sure Bath Abbey has a spot on your Bath itinerary. If you’re interested in the history behind Bath Abbey, their official website offers several free audio guides (available here) that you can download to your smartphone and listen to while you’re exploring the abbey. Guided tours of the abbey’s tower are also available for a fee.

Click here for Part One: Architecture Of Bath Abbey

Bath Abbey: Website
Address: Abbey Church Yard, Bath BA1 1LT

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A Look Inside Bath Abbey In Bath, England

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  • Dennis Mallory
    April 4, 2018 at 5:12 PM

    Visited today! Stunning.

  • Jamie | The Healthy Passport
    November 6, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    Loving your blog! My husband and I are recent transplants to the UK also…about 1.5 hours north of you. We are obsessed with “castling”. Not a real word, but that’s what we are calling it :) Hopefully we will be making a trip to Bath soon!!

    • Sarah Shumate
      November 6, 2013 at 9:44 AM

      Ha! I like that word – castling. :o) And welcome to the UK! We’ve been here almost six months, but it feels like even less because time is just FLYING! I’d love to make it up to see more of the northern parts of England. I hear it’s beautiful up north – so far all we’ve seen is Bath, but that city had us sold. We’d move there if we could!

  • Emmymom
    October 24, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    Seriously girl your pictures are so beautiful!! They show the places so wonderfully

  • Shaylynn
    October 17, 2013 at 5:29 AM

    Girl, always take millions of photos everywhere you go. You’re magic. Even if you risk a hefty fine, do it for me. That girl across the world who loves your world, and the way you see it.

    If that’s not a hallmark card I don’t know what is.

  • Connie Weiss
    October 16, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    Hmmm….souls coming up through the floor. Not a good idea! These pictures are stunning!

  • Tammy Chrzan
    October 15, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Hahaha Sarah! Perfect post for Halloween! Though I’m not thinking of Souls coming out, I am thinking of walking around and just like falling in a hole somewhere. Geeeze… They need to fix that place up :)
    1840’s… That was some time ago, time to fix the floor!
    On another note, I don’t think you can have too many photos, you’re an amazing photographer, I have never seen a photo I didn’t like that you took, you really have a knack and are very talented with the lens!
    All of your posts have made me absolutely positive that I will be back in Bath before long.
    Smoooch,
    Tammy

  • Nicole
    October 15, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    How can you NOT take so many pictures of all these places though?! Each one of your pictures shows beautiful pieces of architecture and detail, it would be a shame to just have a few :)

  • Katrin
    October 15, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    That’s so creepy with all the corpses buried there! I love it! :) Thanks for sharing all these pictures! It is so beautiful there! Hope you had a fantastic birthday!

  • Rachael
    October 14, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    Hi Sarah, I just came across your cute little blog, and it is so darling! My husband and I just moved from the states to England, and it is an absolute amazing place to live. Love the pictures.

  • Tina @ Girl-Meets-Globe
    October 14, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    Beautiful! it would distract me too! :) And so photo happy that you almost knocked over a priest?! I think you need help! ;) The free audio tour download is so cool!! I’ll have to remember that! More places need to do that or maybe they do and I just don’t know about it! :P

  • Ashlee - I'll Love You Forever
    October 14, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    If I were there I would be snap happy too! Beautiful photos! I would definitely be distracted by all the beauty!
    The is crazy about the burials beneath the the abbey, Would creep me out a bit! haha

  • Jo
    October 14, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Oh wow it is amazing inside! So, how many souls did you take back home with you?

    • Sarah Shumate
      October 14, 2013 at 4:37 PM

      Good question. I can’t be certain, but I think at least one piggy-backed home on me. I’ve been taking my tea with sugar which is something I NEVER do. I can only assume my body is now inhabited by someone else. ;o)

  • Keith Wynn
    October 14, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Simply amazing. The one thing I look forward to the most when I FINALLY visit Europe is all the beautiful churches.

  • Dannielle @ Chicadeedee
    October 14, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Take millions of pictures and then take forever choosing the ones to put on the blog, and still end up with tons, story of my life! haha. I love photographing inside churches though as there’s always so many little details, you captured them perfectly!

    • Sarah Shumate
      October 14, 2013 at 4:35 PM

      I have to worry about anyone trying to read my blog who is still using dial up. It would probably take an hour for all my pictures to load! ;o)

      • Dannielle @ Chicadeedee
        October 14, 2013 at 9:57 PM

        is that still a thing? haha. Yeah, I’m very guilty and my pages would take ages to load on dial up!

  • Jenn
    October 14, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Wow, what a beautiful church! I have the same problem with picture taking! haha