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.

Worship in the Abbey

We are currently offering daily prayers (Monday-Friday) and three services every Sunday at 8am, 10.15am and 3.30pm:

Sundays

  • 8am Holy Communion
    No tickets required for this service in the Abbey
  • 10.15am Holy Communion with Choir
    Tickets through Eventbrite OR watch with us live on Church Online
  • 3.30pm Choral Evensong
    Tickets through Eventbrite OR watch with us live on Church Online or afterwards on Youtube

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

Weekdays

  • Morning Prayer in the Abbey on Mondays-Fridays 8.30am-9am 
  • Evening Prayer in the Abbey on Mondays-Fridays 5.30pm-6pm
  • A Thought and Anthem for the Week on our Home Worship webpage.

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

Government guidance for Covid-19 has changed with many restrictions easing. Before attending a service, we ask you to please read through our Covid safety guidance: https://www.bathabbey.org/visiting/keeping-you-safe/

 

Birde Chantry

We are open for visiting

We look forward to welcoming you to Bath Abbey, and are open daily for visiting and worship.

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.

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.

Public Health Information

We are supporting NHS Test & Trace so on entry one member of your group will be asked to provide contact details for all of you to support NHS Test & Trace. While face coverings are not mandatory, we are in support of wearing face coverings and ask you to please be respectful of other people's space. For more information please see: https://www.bathabbey.org/visiting/keeping-you-safe/

If and when Covid cases arise at Bath Abbey, in addition to the Test and Trace system, it is our policy to contact Public Health England. We will also apply the Dept. of Education rules used by Schools, to check whether a person’s proximity to fellow personnel at the Abbey presents any cause of infection concern.

Memorial plaques along north aisle.

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.

Latest News

Bath Abbey choirs of Girls and Lay-clerks singing at a service

Abbey Choirs on tour!

By Bath Abbey | July 14, 2021
The Abbey Choirs are greatly looking forward to their forthcoming tours, with the Boys, Girls and Lay-clerks visiting Gloucester and St Pauls Cathedrals. The Boys will be singing at Gloucester Cathedral on the weekend of 17 and 18 July. They’ll…
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A view looking up at the pipes of the Klais Organ at Bath Abbey

Bath Abbey holds concert using 4 hands, 4 feet and 3 instruments

By Bath Abbey | July 2, 2021
Bath Abbey will be hosting a unique concert on Friday 9 July at 6.30pm that will feature two of the Abbey musicians playing with 4 hands, 4 feet and 3 different instruments. The concert forms part of the Abbey’s Evening…
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Museum of the Moon

South West Moon Landing

By Bath Abbey | July 1, 2021
In 2021, Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon artwork enters its south west phase, as it lands in three cities in the South West. There will be three opportunities to see the Moon at three different Church of England buildings,…
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Ringing the Ellacombe Chimes

Bath Abbey to take part in 200th anniversary of the Ellacombe Chimes

By Bath Abbey | June 24, 2021
Bath Abbey will be taking part in a worldwide celebration to mark the 200th anniversary of a unique bell-ringing invention, the Ellacombe Chimes, on Saturday 26 June. The Abbey bells will be chiming at 12midday this Saturday to mark the…
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Collage of Bath Abbey wall memorials

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…

Bath Abbey Summer Nights

Summer Nights

Thu 5 August at 6:30 pm until 9:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Thursday, repeating until Thu 26 August, 2021

This August, we will be staying open past our usual closing time so that you explore the Abbey and enjoy the atmosphere after hours. Every Thursday in August (5, 12, 19 & 26), we'll be keeping our doors open from 6.30pm-9.30pm to welcome local residents and visitors to the city. You'll be able to explore the Abbey after it has closed to the public, enjoy a selection of drinks from a pop-up bar and live entertainment by music students from…

Evening Celebratory Organ Concert

Fri 6 August at 7:30 pm until 8:45 pm

An organ concert performed by Simon Bell, Tewkesbury Abbey. The programme includes Guilmant’s Sonata No 8. Tickets cost £7 and are available to book through Eventbrite. There will be refreshments during the concert.  

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