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…

A message from our Rector

Welcome to our website, which I hope will inspire you to come to Bath Abbey in person.

For over 1,250 years people have done just that - come to seek God’s blessing in this beautiful holy place, set right alongside the famous hot water springs.

Today the Abbey remains a precious jewel at the heart of the city, here for all the people of Bath to enjoy. Every year we also welcome 500,000 visitors drawn from all around the world - who come to share our worship, to explore our history & beauty, and be inspired by our concerts and events.

Jesus once said...

Whoever believes in me, streams of living water will flow from within them (John 7 v38)

As his minister, I warmly invite you to come and join us at Bath Abbey:               Come to get lost in thought, or find your way - or even discover life & joy welling up within you…

Revd Canon Guy Bridgewater
Rector of Bath Abbey

Guy Bridgewater, Rector of Bath Abbey sitting at a table with a mug of tea

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Hoardings in welcome area

Hoardings inside Bath Abbey to be transformed into work of art

By Bath Abbey | September 18, 2019
Specially designed artwork by university students and a local art group will decorate hoardings inside Bath Abbey from the end of this month. As part of Phase 2 of Bath Abbey’s Footprint project, part of the Abbey’s nave and crossing…
Ledgerstone and replica made by students

3D replicas of parts of Bath Abbey’s collapsing floor have been created by UWE students

By Bath Abbey | September 18, 2019
Students and academic staff from the University of West of England (UWE) have been helping Bath Abbey to produce a detailed archive and 3D replicas of the Abbey’s historic ledgerstones. This research is essential as all 891 ledgerstones that form…
Child at Archaeology Day at Bath Abbey

Archaeology at Bath Abbey brought to life with free activities and tours for children

By Bath Abbey | September 18, 2019
Bath Abbey will be offering a number of free tours and activities for children and families on Friday 26 July and Saturday 27 July as part of the national celebrations for the Festival of Archaeology. There will be free hands-on…
Diptych from Let My People Go exhibition

Bible stories told through needle and thread at Bath Abbey

By Bath Abbey | September 18, 2019
A brand-new exhibition will be on display in Bath Abbey from Wednesday 3 July in the newly restored east end of the church. The exhibition will feature a collection of diptychs (double panels of artwork) that depict some of the…

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A Diptych from Let My People Go Exhibition

Exhibition: ‘Let My People Go’

Thu 3 October, 2019 until Thu 1 October, 2020

Bath Abbey Diptychs A new collection of 23 diptychs depicting Bible stories from the Old Testament by Bath-based artist Sue Symons are on display in the Abbey's newly restored east end. Created especially for the Abbey by the artist, each diptych comprises one panel of calligraphy, with beautifully illustrated verses from the Old Testament, and an adjacent textile panel. The Bible stories portrayed are amongst the most familiar ones from the Old Testament including of The Creation and The Fall,…

St John the Evangelist RC church in Bath

Choral Evensong at St John the Evangelist

Thu 23 January at 5:30 pm until 6:30 pm

We're joining together with St John the Evangelist, in North Parade, Bath for Choral Evensong this evening to celebrate the week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Sung by the Abbey Choir of Girls and Lay-Clerks Behold, how good and joyful – Vann              Psalm 99 Gray in F minor                                               Responses: Leighton A New…

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

United Service for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Sun 26 January at 6:30 pm until 7:30 pm

Preacher: Revd Ken Madden. Dates The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally observed from the 18th to the 25th January – the octave of St. Peter and St. Paul. However, some areas observe it at Pentecost or some other time Introduction On 10th February many Christians in Malta celebrate the Feast of the Shipwreck of St Paul, marking and giving thanks for the arrival of Christian faith on these islands. The reading from the Acts of the Apostles…

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