For visitors of all ages there are so many treasures to enjoy including the original underground Anglo-Saxon crypt of St Wilfrid; a Saxon bishop's throne dating from the 7th Century; a 2,000-year-old intact Roman tombstone; a fine Dark Age cross; the famous 'Dance of Death' 15th century panel paintings; carved misericords; beautiful Victorian stained glass; the Medieval Night Stair
that was used by the Augustinian monks and is the only remaining night stair
still in daily use.
The Abbey also hosts the finest collection of 15th century panel paintings in the World, and don't forget to also climb our Medieval Night Stair
, the only one still in use to this day.
There are many historical treasures to explore within the Abbey, including unique features including the 7th-Century crypt, Bishop's Chair, Night Stair
and Dark Age Cross.
Inside, the finest view is from a gallery behind a stone parapet which is reached by the Night Stair.
The Night Stair was used by the Augustinian priory canons who were woken in the early hours and descended from their dormitory to say prayers and sing psalms in the choir.
Standing near the foot of the Night Stair
, it is a dramatic tombstone to Flavinus, a standard bearer in a Roman cavalry troop in the 1st Century.
The great man of broadcasting, a patron of the theatre, is appearing in conversation with his son Mike, talking about his journey from a pit village to the top of his famous Saturday night stairs
. His long-running show, Parkinson, was ranked eighth in the list of 100 Greatest British Television Programmes.