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:

Abbey Closures

August
20 August: Closed 12 - 3pm

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

Votive candles

Black Lives Matter

By Bath Abbey | July 29, 2020
At Bath Abbey we have been closely watching events in the USA and UK, and we recognise the great gravity of the issues raised by the Black Lives Matter movement. We support the CTE (Churches Together England) Presidents’ call for…
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Bath Abbey choirs of Girls and Lay-clerks singing at a service

Bath Abbey Choir

By Bath Abbey | July 27, 2020
Here is a joint statement from Revd Canon Guy Bridgewater, Rector of Bath Abbey, and Huw Williams, Bath Abbey’s Director of Music: “We are thrilled to be starting public services in the Abbey from 2 August. While we’ll have music…
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Bath Abbey West Front

Abbey Bounce Back Appeal

By Bath Abbey | July 24, 2020
Since its recent re-opening, Bath Abbey has launched a Bounce Back Appeal to raise urgently needed funds to support its continuing work and care of its building. During lockdown around 140,000 people have not been able to come to the…
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Five of our Girls Choir who are leaving this year

Saying goodbye and thank you to our Girls’ Choir Leavers

By Bath Abbey | July 23, 2020
A small number gathered in the Abbey on Sunday for a trial service, which will help us work towards starting services again in August. It was the first time members of the Abbey family have been able to worship together…
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