Making a Mark

The Footprint vision has been brought to life because of generous donations from the Abbey’s congregation, The Friends of Bath Abbey, Bath Abbey Music Society, the local community, Trusts and Foundations, and Footprint’s principal funder, The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The Footprint project at Bath Abbey is about moving from past to future. Thanks to this pioneering multi-million-pound initiative, our historic floor has been saved from collapse and the building has been opened up in new ways – to be enjoyed in its full glory by future generations.

We are also far more energy-efficient with new LED lighting system and underfloor heating that is powered by renewable energy from Bath's famous hot springs.

After so much of the Project being hidden behind the scenes, we have now completed our new Song School, meeting rooms and office space in Kingston Buildings, as well as a brand new Learning space which will transform what we are able to offer not just to our own Abbey congregation, but to the city we serve and its visitors. Our Abbey Shop has also had a complete transformation.

The final phase was the opening of the exciting new Discovery Centre which opened on 7 March 2023.

Memorial ledgerstones on Bath Abbey's floor, looking down the nave towards the altar and east window
People in the museum space of Bath Abbey's Discovery Centre
Interactive exhibit in Bath Abbey's Discovery Centre
Medieval stonework displayed in Bath Abbey's Discovery Centre
Images of stained glass from Bath Abbey's windows