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Bath Abbey Footprint

What is Bath Abbey Footprint?

Footprint is an £19.3 million programme of capital works and interpretation which will provide innovative and sustainable solutions to our needs including:

  • Stabilising the ground beneath the Abbey floor
  • Tapping into Bath’s greatest natural resource and heating the Abbey using energy from the hot springs
  • Adapting the interior of the Abbey so that it better expresses the faith and practice of the Abbey community and is more inviting for worship

  • Installing energy efficient lighting and providing storage for staging
  • Opening a new Song School for our Choirs and our expanding singing programme for local primary and secondary schools
  • Providing a modern, welcoming space volunteers and visiting choirs can, at last, spend a little more time with us and enjoy our hospitality
  • Creating 200 square metres of new space to provide a contemporary interpretation centre which will act as the hub for projects and activities displayed throughout the Abbey


As part of Phase 1 of the Abbey’s Footprint project, some initial excavation work is taking place along the south side of the building, just outside the Abbey shop, on Kingston Parade from now until April 2017. The work is to create new underground spaces and facilities which will help make the Abbey more welcoming and improve its service to the city.

So far, most of the remains uncovered are from the 18th and 19th Centuries, including the basement of a house that was built against the Abbey in about 1730 but demolished a century later. We have also discovered pieces of carved stone, the base of an early grave and some beautiful fragments of early Delft pottery.

The work will not impact on our worship and events programme in the Abbey or Abbey Shop opening times over the next few months. We have also been in discussion with a number of neighbouring businesses to minimise disruption. 

We are grateful to everyone for their patience and understanding while this work is carried out.

If you are a local resident or neighbour and would like to speak to someone about the work taking place, please contact a member of our Footprint team on or call 01225 422462