Bath Abbey is the geographical, historical and spiritual center of Bath.
http://www.bathabbey.org/ The Abbey’s opening hours vary depending on what services and other events are on, so it’s a good idea to check the website before visiting.
This is where we often start our photo tours of Bath. The Abbey been the center of Bath since at least the 8th Century and the Roman Baths are just a few meters away. The light inside is quite beautiful, particularly in the afternoons when it streams through the South windows. If you are lucky there might be some background music to your photographic efforts from the organ or choir.
Close-ups of the Abbey’s stone and wood carvings are fun, particularly the angels. I used a 50mm 1.4 lens which worked well in the low light. Actually, it’s a good way to practice portrait shots as your models won’t get bored or tired – or move! There a lots of interesting memorial stones on the walls and floor. Bath has been popular with retirees for many centuries and the more illustrious of them who died in Bath are buried in the Abbey. The Abbey probably has as many graves for its size than any church in the UK.
Shots of the Abbey’s spectacular stone fan vaulting are always popular. Obviously, you’ll need a wide-angle and the trick is to point the camera straight up in the air and be exactly in the right position – and I mean exactly. Just a few centimeters off and any symmetry will be destroyed. I didn’t use a tripod, but apparently it is OK for the first hour after the Abbey opens on a Saturday.
Alternately, if you have a fish-eye lens there’s some fun to be had. This was taken with a 16mm 2.8 lens.
There are tours up to Abbey tower which even take you inside the clock. Once you get to the top and outside you can take shots of Bath’c center and even the Bath Thermae from above.
Don’t forget Bath Abbey Cemetery either. It’s a brisk walk uphill from the city center, but well worth it.