UPDATED 02/03/21: The Abbey will be closed from Monday 8 March to Thursday 11 March. It will reopen on Friday 12 March for private prayer and reflection only (Sun-Sat, 12-2pm). The Abbey (including Tower & Shop) is closed for general sightseeing and visiting until 17 May at the earliest. In support of the Government's request for the public to stay at home, there will be no services in the Abbey; instead, we will be offering worship online and via social media. 

Welcome to Bath Abbey

The Abbey is a place to come to God; we continue to welcome individuals for private prayer and quiet reflection. At the same time we are offering online worship and 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”.

In this time of continuing anxiety and loving concern for each other, I am grateful that the Abbey can remain open for private prayer (between 12 noon and 2.00pm) each day during lockdown.

You are also invited to gather with us for worship online and will find fresh spiritual resources added daily on this website - and I join the whole Bath Abbey family in praying for God’s love and renewing strength to fill you afresh, and bring peace and hope as you draw near to Him.

The Revd Canon Guy Bridgewater
Rector of Bath Abbey

Services, Prayer and Support

During this third national lockdown, the Abbey remains open daily for private prayer and reflection. The Abbey and Shop will be closed for general sightseeing and visiting until 17 May 2021 at the earliest.

N.B. The Abbey will be closed from Monday 8 to Thursday 11 March for an archaeological survey. We apologise for the inconvenience, and will reopen on Friday 12 March for private prayer and reflection.

Prayer

The Abbey is open for individual prayer from 12 noon until 2pm every day. Our apologies, there may be some construction noise during your visit, except during the 1-1.30pm lunch-break.

You're welcome to come in to pause and reflect, pray or light a candle. The Birde Chapel and Gethsemane Chapel are open and a duty chaplain will be available to offer their support and prayers.

We would be grateful if you continue to observe our Covid-19 safety measures including wearing a face mask and physically distancing while in the Abbey.

Birde Chantry

Services

To support the government's request for the public to stay at home, we will not be offering communal service or Evensong on Sundays. Instead, we are offering a number of ways to worship with us online:

For more details on all our online services and how to join us, please see our Daily and Weekly Worship Online page.

Support

As we continue to navigate our way through the latest wave of Covid-19 we are reminded how much we need each other and the importance of church family. We are always glad to offer pastoral care, support and prayer. Please don’t hesitate to just ask; there are a variety of ways to get in touch:

The Abbey Office is currently closed but there will be someone answering phone calls and emails remotely from Monday to Friday 10am -12pm. There will be an answerphone the rest of the time which will be usually checked on Thursday.

Should you need to urgently contact the Abbey for pastoral needs please contact our Abbey Pastor, The Revd Chantal Mason on 07908-326819 or email: [email protected]

Opening Hours

During this third national lockdown, the Abbey remains open daily for you to come in to pause and reflect, pray or light a candle. The Abbey and Shop will be closed for general sightseeing and visiting until 17 May 2021 at the earliest.

As a working church that plays an active role in the community, the Abbey continues to offer daily prayers and gather for worship online.

Latest News

East end of Abbey after restoration

East end of Bath Abbey re-opens after first year of work for Footprint project

By Bath Abbey | September 18, 2019
The first phase of Bath Abbey’s Footprint project is now complete and the east end of the church, which has been hidden behind hoardings for the last year, has been re-opened. The Footprint project started in May 2018 and involved…
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Artwork by school children for Footprint hoardings

Family-Friendly Concerts to Raise Funds for Bath Abbey’s Footprint Project

By Bath Abbey | September 18, 2019
Tickets are being snapped up for four summer evening choral concerts at Bath Abbey in June and July. The series of concerts is in support of the Abbey’s Footprint Project and all money raised, including ticket sales, will automatically be…
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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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Midday Prayer and Chat via Zoom

Fri 5 March at 12:00 pm until 1:00 pm
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To promote friendship and tackle isolation, we would like to invite you to join our Prayer and Chat at 12pm Monday to Friday. These are accessed through Zoom, which can be joined in any of the following ways: • Click on this link to access Zoom • OR Type into your Zoom page the meeting ID: 917 816 5959 • OR Phone 0203 9017895 and type in the above ID when asked We are also holding Coffee and Chat at…

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Sun 7 March at 10:15 am until 11:15 am
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Please join us for our Sunday worship, led by members of the Abbey's ministry team, and beautiful music (usually including singing by members of the Abbey Choir). This service is available to watch online through our website, or after Sunday on our YouTube channel.

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Sun 7 March at 11:00 am until 12:00 pm
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We hope you'll join us on Sundays to watch our recorded service at 10.15am followed by Coffee and Chat on Zoom at 11am afterwards. The Coffee & Chat is accessed through Zoom, which can be joined in any of the following ways: • Click on this link to access Zoom • OR Type into your Zoom page the meeting ID: 917 816 5959 • OR Phone 0203 9017895 and type in the above ID when asked We are also holding…

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