Welcome to Bath Abbey

Living and Telling the Good News of Jesus with the City of Bath and its Visitors

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.

Whether you come here to join a service or a tour, light a candle or listen to our choirs, what unites us all is a sense of wonder. There is so much to discover – please step inside…

Rector of Bath Abbey in robes, standing before a cross on the altar

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

Visiting Hours (excludes services)

As an active working church in the community, at times the Abbey is open for services and special events and therefore closed for visiting. Please check back regularly before your visit to see the latest changes:

May Variations

14 May          Closed 9am - 12pm.

Latest News

Museum of the Moon

Countdown to moon landing in Bath Abbey

By Bath Abbey | October 14, 2021
Bath Abbey is getting ready for a Christmas with a difference as it prepares to host Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon, an awe-inspiring art installation illuminating the historic Abbey in the weeks leading up to Christmas and over the…
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Webinar Race Equality in B&NES – Progress Made & Challenges Ahead

By Bath Abbey | October 14, 2021
Monday 18 Oct, 6-7.15pm via Zoom Hosted by Cllr Dine Romero, you’ll hear from the BANES Council’s Race Panel, Schools Race Task Force, Boys in Mind & other local organisations & museums. As part of the Abbey’s continued commitment to…
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The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle

Celebration Service for Abbey’s Footprint Project

By Bath Abbey | October 6, 2021
Building work is on the verge of completion on Bath Abbey’s ground-breaking £20million Footprint project. Supported by the National Heritage Lottery Fund, the Abbey’s historic floor has been fully restored and saved from collapse, eco-heating powered by energy from Bath’s…
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Cath Candish in clergy robes pictured after her ordination service at Wells Cathedral

Congratulations, Reverend Cath!

By Bath Abbey | September 30, 2021
Last weekend, at a splendid service in Wells Cathedral, Cath Candish was ordained deacon by the Bishop of Taunton. She began her curacy at the Abbey straight away, preaching an excellent first sermon as part of our Harvest Festival celebrations.…
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