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Downside Abbey


Downside Abbey, 12 miles south west of Bath, is a Roman Catholic monastery home to a community of Benedictine monks, and one of only four minor basilicas in the country.

Built in the Gothic Revival style, the abbey has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade I listed building. 

Downside Abbey is home to the relics of Saint Oliver Plunkett and there are several other points of interest to look out for during your visit, including the magnificent gate to the Lady Chapel, Giles Gilbert-Scott’s Nave and unfinished West Front, and the decorated transepts – the oldest parts of the Abbey Church, designed by Dunn and Hansom in 1882. 

Tours are available of the Abbey Church and Monastic Library. There is also a bookshop and Visitor Centre serving tea and cake throughout the day.