Welcome to Bath Abbey

A moment of stillness in the beating heart of a vibrant city. A space that’s alive with music and prayer, art and history. A place where awe-inspiring architecture lifts the eyes – and raises the spirit.

Bath Abbey is many things to many people. But whether you come here to join a service or a tour, light a candle or listen to music, what unites us all is a sense of wonder. There is so much to discover – please step inside…

A message from our Rector

Welcome to our website, which I hope will inspire you to come to Bath Abbey in person.

For over 1,250 years people have done just that - come to seek God’s blessing in this beautiful holy place, set right alongside the famous hot water springs.

Today the Abbey remains a precious jewel at the heart of the city, here for all the people of Bath to enjoy. Every year we also welcome 500,000 visitors drawn from all around the world - who come to share our worship, to explore our history & beauty, and be inspired by our concerts and events.

Jesus once said...

Whoever believes in me, streams of living water will flow from within them (John 7 v38)

As his minister, I warmly invite you to come and join us at Bath Abbey:               Come to get lost in thought, or find your way - or even discover life & joy welling up within you…

Revd Canon Guy Bridgewater
Rector of Bath Abbey

Guy Bridgewater, Rector of Bath Abbey sitting at a table with a mug of tea

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Mary Wickenden and Polly Andrews

New staff appointed to help achieve Bath Abbey’s vision for the Footprint project

By Bath Abbey | February 6, 2020
Bath Abbey is delighted to have welcomed two new members of staff to its team, Polly Andrews as the Abbey’s Learning Officer, and Mary Wickenden as Volunteers Officer. Their roles will help to facilitate one of the Footprint project’s aims…
Abseiling stonemasons from Sally Strachey History Conservation (SSHC) check Bath Abbey's West front

Abseiling stonemasons check Bath Abbey’s west front

By Bath Abbey | January 29, 2020
There has been a somewhat unusual sight at the West front of Bath Abbey over the last couple of days. A team of stonemasons were abseiling down the Abbey to carry out a condition survey – at a height of…
Bath Abbey choirs of Girls and Lay-clerks singing at a service

Bath Abbey Choirs celebrate start of the year with a new Christmas CD

By Bath Abbey | January 15, 2020
Christmas is one of the busiest times of year for churches with Bath Abbey’s choirs singing at 15 different services in December. The choristers had a packed schedule totalling 18 hours of rehearsals and 20 in services and singing over 50 pieces…
Revd Guy Bridgewater talking with Andrew and Christina Brownsword

Bath Abbey’s Footprint project receives financial boost from Brownsword Charitable Foundation

By Bath Abbey | December 11, 2019
Bath Abbey is delighted to have received £200,000 from local philanthropist, Andrew Brownsword CBE DL, as part of a half a million pound match funding pledge for the Footprint project. This is the second time this year that the Abbey’s…

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A Diptych from Let My People Go Exhibition

Exhibition: ‘Let My People Go’

Thu 3 October, 2019 until Tue 3 March, 2020

Bath Abbey Diptychs A new collection of 23 diptychs depicting Bible stories from the Old Testament by Bath-based artist Sue Symons are on display in the Abbey's newly restored east end. Created especially for the Abbey by the artist, each diptych comprises one panel of calligraphy, with beautifully illustrated verses from the Old Testament, and an adjacent textile panel. The Bible stories portrayed are amongst the most familiar ones from the Old Testament including of The Creation and The Fall,…

Stained glass window depicting Christ Jesus on cross

Lunchtime Talks: Pointing to Easter

Mon 2 March at 1:00 pm until 1:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Monday, repeating until Mon 6 April, 2020

Revd Stephen Girling (Abbey Missioner) will illuminate the significance of Christ's death and resurrection using selected images from the Abbey's beautiful stained glass windows. All welcome.  

Artwork by school children

Friday Footprint Concerts

Fri 6 March at 6:30 pm until 7:30 pm
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One event on Fri 1 May, 2020 at 6:30 pm

One event on Fri 15 May, 2020 at 6:30 pm

One event on Wed 3 June, 2020 at 6:30 pm

One event on Fri 3 July, 2020 at 6:30 pm

Join us for an evening filled with the beautiful sound of choral music to celebrate our Footprint project. We will be hosting five concerts from March to July and each choir will bring their own style and passion for singing - sure to delight audiences in equal measure. 6 March – Abbey Choir of Boys and Girls 1 May – Kingswood Prep School: The Summerhill Singers 15 May – The Melody Makers of Bath Abbey 5 June – Widcombe &…

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