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 welcome everyone to the Abbey, 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

A Place to Come to God...

We look forward to welcoming you to Bath Abbey, and are open daily for visiting and worship. There is plenty to see and do in the Abbey for visitors including our Tower Tours, exhibitions, concerts and other events.

Government guidance for Covid-19 has changed with many restrictions easing. There will be no need to book tickets for visiting or to attend a service, but before visiting for the first time, we ask you to please read through our Covid safety guidance.

Worship in the Abbey

We are currently offering five services on Sundays in the Abbey. You are also invited for daily prayers (Monday-Friday), as well as regular services of Holy Communion and Choral Evensong on weekdays and Saturdays.

Worship from Home

We continue to live-stream two of our Sunday services and offer a Thought for the Week and an Anthem for the Week via our website and Youtube. If you've missed or would like to watch any of our Thoughts, please visit our Bath Abbey Youtube Channel

Birde Chantry

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

Choral Weekday Evensong to resume at Bath Abbey from 9 September

By Bath Abbey | September 8, 2021
After nearly an 18-month absence, we are delighted that our Bath Abbey Choirs will be resuming Choral Evensong during the week on Thursdays and on selected Fridays at 5.30pm (during term time). While we have been able to enjoy worship…
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Derek Cardy

Dedication of the Bath Abbey Psalter on Sunday 12 September, 3.30pm

By Bath Abbey | September 2, 2021
On September 12th the Bath Abbey Psalter, dedicated to the memory of Derek Cardy 1930-2020, former member of the Abbey choir and organ pupil of Earnest Maynard will be blessed and commissioned at a special service of Choral Evensong. Delyth…
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Bath Abbey Wins 2021 Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Award

By Bath Abbey | August 23, 2021
Bath Abbey has been recognised as a 2021 Travellers’ Choice award-winner by popular travel website Tripadvisor. This achievement celebrates tourist destinations that consistently deliver fantastic experiences around the globe, having earned great visitor reviews on Tripadvisor over the last 12…
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Rector of Bath Abbey Guy Bridgewater, Bath MP Wera Hobhouse and Polly Andrews, Learning Officer at Bath Abbey looking at the Abbey's memorials in the North transept

Walk to mark International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade & its Abolition

By Bath Abbey | August 23, 2021
On this UNESCO International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, some of our Abbey team will be taking part in a walking conversation around Bath about our city’s legacy of slavery hosted by artist Richard…
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Collage of Bath Abbey wall memorials

Exhibition: Monuments, Empire & Slavery

Wed 26 May until Thu 30 September

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…

Table laid with two bottles of drink for Harvest Dinner in the foreground of Bath Abbey

Harvest Dinner: with guest speaker

Sat 25 September at 7:00 pm until 9:30 pm

Join us for the first ever dinner on the newly restored floor of the Abbey’s nave, with its new eco-heating and atmospheric lighting. Dr Simon Stuart, Executive Director of Arocha International will speak about the earth’s abundance and the critical imperative of maintaining global biodiversity. Tickets £25 for a two course meal* with wine. Available from the Abbey Office at 9 Kingston Buildings or email office@bathabbey.org. * To avoid food waste, when you book please choose from: Beef Lasagne or…

Collage of schoolchildren enjoying various activities in Bath Abbey

Open Day for Learning Room & Schools Programme

Tue 28 September at 10:00 am until 7:00 pm

Drop in any time to see the Learning room and find out more about our brand new, exciting space. Whether you’re a potential volunteer, a teacher looking for curriculum-led workshops or a community group wanting fun and engaging activities, there will be helpful information and a friendly face waiting to meet you. We have over 1,000 years of fascinating history to share, so come and have a chat to find out more. Refreshments available. Entrance: 9 Kingston Buildings, BA1 1LT…

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