SERVICES UPDATE: We are now open and look forward to welcoming you to our services. Seats are limited and some services need to be booked in advance. Please see our Abbey Services page for more information.

Welcome to Bath Abbey

We are overjoyed that the Abbey is now open. We recognise that many of us are grieving losses of many kinds and are facing heightened levels of fear and anxiety. The Abbey is a place to come to God. At the same time we continue to offer online resources to support each other and the city of Bath through this difficult period.

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.

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

We are open: Covid-19 Safety Measures

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.

Find out what to expect by watching this short video of the inside of the Abbey.

 

 

Opening Hours

As a working church that plays an active role in the community, the Abbey is at times closed for general visiting due to services or special events. Please see changes and variations to opening times below.

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Archaeological test pits in nave of Bath Abbey as part of Footprint project

Work continues in Bath Abbey for Footprint project with archaeological test pits

By Bath Abbey | September 18, 2019
Excavation work is taking place in the nave of Bath Abbey to confirm where a new trench for services will go, including for an innovative underfloor eco-heating system using Bath’s hot springs. Two small archaeological test pits, measuring approximately 1metre…
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Cheque being presented by Andrew Brownsword

Brownsword charitable foundation presents £175,000 cheque to Bath Abbey

By Stuart Moran | January 22, 2019
Bath Abbey has been presented with a cheque for £175,000 towards the Footprint project by well-known local philanthropist, Andrew Brownsword. The Abbey’s Rector, The Reverend Canon Guy Bridgewater, met with Mr and Mrs Brownsword and to receive the cheque which…
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Locals invited to discover Abbey floor repairs using biscuits

By Bath Abbey | November 22, 2018
Great Bath Bake Sale, 6 October 2018 Bath Abbey is inviting families to discover how the Abbey’s historic floor is being saved from collapse using nothing but biscuits and icing to bring the restoration process to life. As part of…
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Visitors enjoying Behind the Scenes tours at Bath Abbey

Bath Abbey launches new Behind-the-Scenes tours

By Bath Abbey | November 22, 2018
Bath Abbey is launching new tours that will take visitors behind-the-scenes to see the incredible work that is taking place for the Footprint project. The tours will start on Monday 22 October and will give people an opportunity to see…
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A view looking up at the pipes of the Klais Organ at Bath Abbey

Organ Recital – Music for Organ and Trumpet

Sat 24 October at 5:30 am until 6:30 pm

An organ recital performed by Shean Bowers, Assistant Director of Music at Bath Abbey, and accompanied by Joel Cooper on Trumpet. Programme to include Charpentier’s Prelude on the Te Deum, Noel Rawsthorne’s prelude on Londonderry Air & other well known and much loved favourites. Tickets are available to book through Eventbrite or through the Abbey Shop: 01225 303327. Tickets cost £12 or £6 for children under 16. Tickets are limited to ensure social distancing. Please wear a face mask in the Abbey.

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Online Remembrance Concert

Fri 6 November at 7:30 pm until 8:30 pm

Join the Bath Abbey Choir online as they pay tribute to those fallen in the First World War, Second World War and all conflicts since.   Instead of the usual Remembrance Day concert in the Abbey, this year, the Abbey Choir conducted by Huw Williams, Bath Abbey's Director of Music, will perform in a pre-recorded concert that will be made available on the Abbey website and the Abbey Choir's Youtube Channel so that people can watch from their homes and…

A view looking up at the pipes of the Klais Organ at Bath Abbey

Organ Recital – Music for Remembrance

Sat 7 November at 5:30 pm until 6:30 pm

Music for Remembrance performed by our Director of Music, Huw Williams. The programme will include Nimrod by Elgar and Solemn melody by Thalben-Ball Tickets are available to book through Eventbrite or through the Abbey Shop: 01225 303327. Tickets cost £12 or £6 for children under 16. Tickets are limited to ensure social distancing. Please wear a face mask in the Abbey.

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