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 Closed

June

Sat 25: Opening at 1pm

July

Sat 9: Opening at 11.30am

Weds 13: Opening at 1pm

Thurs 14 - Sat 16: CLOSED

Mon 18 - Fri 22nd: CLOSED

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

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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East end of Abbey after restoration

East end of Bath Abbey re-opens after first year of work for Footprint project

By Bath Abbey | September 18, 2019
The first phase of Bath Abbey’s Footprint project is now complete and the east end of the church, which has been hidden behind hoardings for the last year, has been re-opened. The Footprint project started in May 2018 and involved…
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Artwork by school children for Footprint hoardings

Family-Friendly Concerts to Raise Funds for Bath Abbey’s Footprint Project

By Bath Abbey | September 18, 2019
Tickets are being snapped up for four summer evening choral concerts at Bath Abbey in June and July. The series of concerts is in support of the Abbey’s Footprint Project and all money raised, including ticket sales, will automatically be…
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Archaeological test pits in nave of Bath Abbey as part of Footprint project

Work continues in Bath Abbey for Footprint project with archaeological test pits

By Bath Abbey | September 18, 2019
Excavation work is taking place in the nave of Bath Abbey to confirm where a new trench for services will go, including for an innovative underfloor eco-heating system using Bath’s hot springs. Two small archaeological test pits, measuring approximately 1metre…
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