UPDATED 17/05/21: We are delighted to announce the Abbey is now open again for visiting, events and in-person worship. We are offering a hybrid of communal worship in the Abbey and online. Most services will need to be prebooked via Eventbrite. The Abbey Shop is also now open, however we are only offering limited private tours of the Tower which will need to be booked in advance. 

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…

Revd Canon Bridgewater, Rector of Bath Abbey

Message from our Rector

“Come unto me, all you who are weary and are heavy laden” said Jesus to the crowds who gathered around him, “and I will give you rest”.

It is a great delight to be able to throw open the Abbey doors once again, so that all may draw near to the Lord in the stillness of this holy place. We hope that our visitors will share our joy in seeing the Abbey much changed since they last were here. With the floor now fully restored, the new eco-heating installed and the hoardings inside the Abbey taken down, the beauty of our renewed worship space is simply overwhelming.

I join the whole Bath Abbey family in praying for God’s love and renewing strength to greet you afresh, and to fill your hearts with peace as you draw near to Him”

The Revd Canon Guy Bridgewater
Rector of Bath Abbey

Services, Prayer and Support

The Abbey remains open daily for private prayer and reflection. Quiet spaces are available and there is usually a Chaplain on duty who would always be happy to chat, or to support with your prayers.

Services in the Abbey

We are currently offering three services every Sunday at 8am, 10.15am and 3.30pm:

Tickets for each ticketed service will be available on Eventbrite from 10am the preceding Monday.

Weekdays

If you've missed or would like to watch any of our Thoughts or weekly services again, please visit our Bath Abbey Youtube Channel

Birde Chantry

Welcome back! We are now open for visiting

We look forward to welcoming you to Bath Abbey, and are open daily for visiting and worship. However, as a working church, our opening times are subject to changes, sometimes at short notice. Please always check the Opening Hours on our website before visiting to avoid disappointment.

We have made some changes to ensure everyone can enjoy the Abbey safely. We are supporting NHS Test & Trace and are part of Visit England’s “We’re Good To Go” industry standard. To find out more, please see our Keeping you safe page.

You're invited to come in to pause and reflect, pray or light a candle. You'll be able to walk around and enjoy your surroundings or sit down and rest in the nave. The Birde Chapel and Gethsemane Chapel are also open and chaplains will be available to offer their support and prayers. Although we are not running group tours, there is still plenty to see and do.

 

 

Memorial plaques along north aisle.

Opening Hours

As a working church that plays an active role in the community, it is sometimes necessary to restrict access to parts of the building or to close at short notice. To ensure that you have up-to-date information we recommend checking opening times before visiting.

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Exhibition: Monuments, Empire & Slavery

Wed 26 May until Sat 4 September
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An event every day that begins at 2:00 am, repeating until Sat 4 September, 2021

The exhibition reveals the links between some of the people commemorated on the Abbey’s ledgerstones and wall tablets, and the British Empire. Research so far has found over 200 connections to colonies including the West Indies and India from the 1700s and 1800s. The exhibition tells the stories of three different men within the context of 18th century Bath society and the transatlantic slave trade. The exhibition in the North Transept is free. A leaflet with extra information on the…

Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion: Bath Abbey and the Legacy of Slavery

Fri 25 June at 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm

Join us for a panel discussion on Bath Abbey and the leagacy of slavery. The discussion will be held on Zoom with six panellists leading a conversation to learn from the past and shape the future. The panellists include: Wera Hobhouse MP, Dr Shawn Sobers, Irvin Campbell, The Rt Rev Alastair Redfern, Renee Jacobs and Rev Narinder Tegally. If you would like to attend please book a free ticket on Eventbrite and the Zoom details will be sent to you.…

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Evening Celebratory Organ Concert

Fri 9 July at 6:30 pm until 7:45 pm

An organ concert performed by Bath Abbey's Huw Williams and Shean Bowers playing duets. The programme includes Mozart’s Fantasia in F minor K 608 Tickets cost £7 and are available to book through Eventbrite. There will be refreshments during the concert.  

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