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…

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:

The Abbey is opening at 9.30am until 31 August, excluding 18, 22 and Sundays.

Abbey Closures

August

20 August: Closed 12 - 3pm & 4.45 - 6pm

September

Mon 5: Closed 10 - 1pm

Weds 14: Closed until 1pm

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 welcome you to the Abbey, 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”

Bath Abbey seeks to be a “House of Prayer for all nations”, praying with and for needy people locally and all around the world, regardless of their political, ethnic or religious affiliation. By day, we are hosting a dedicated prayer station for all who wish to join us in praying for peace, and for the dreadful war in Ukraine to end.

The Revd Canon Guy Bridgewater
Rector of Bath Abbey

Latest News

National Lottery Heritage funding

Bath Abbey receives £155,800 National Lottery funding to help address impact of Covid-19 pandemic  

By Bath Abbey | August 26, 2020
Bath Abbey has received £155,800 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund to support the Abbey in its recovery from the impact of the closure of all places of worship for over three months. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown…
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Bath Abbey receives Tripadvisor Traveler's Choice Award

Bath Abbey receives 2020 Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Award based on outstanding 2019 Reviews

By Bath Abbey | August 24, 2020
Bath Abbey has been recognised as a 2020 Travellers’ Choice award-winner by popular travel website Tripadvisor. Based on a full year of Tripadvisor reviews, prior to any changes caused by the pandemic, award winners are known for consistently receiving great…
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Hayden Payne

Abbey Choir Boy offered place at Chetham’s School of Music

By Bath Abbey | August 5, 2020
Bath Abbey is delighted to hear that 16-year old Hayden Payne, who has been part of the Abbey’s Melody Maker and Boys’ Choirs over the last eight years, has been offered a place at the prestigious Chetham’s School of Music…
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Bath Abbey Diptychs

Bath Abbey Diptychs: The Life and Miracles of Jesus

By Bath Abbey | July 30, 2020
A selection of Diptychs from the Abbey’s extensive collection is now on display. Created by Bath Artist Sue Symons, the left-hand panel in each Diptych comprises detailed and beautifully decorated calligraphy. Each text from the Bible recalls an occasion in…
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