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:

June Variations

1 Jun              Opening at 1.30pm, last entry 4.30pm.

Featured Event

A Musical Journey

Petits plats de la musique!

We invite you on a musical journey as our choirs prepare to travel to Paris and York for their annual tours.

Wonderful music from around Europe showcasing variations of colour and style.

Featuring music by Bairstow, Byrd, Messiaen, Poulenc and Vierne.


Latest News

Rector of Bath Abbey Guy Bridgewater, Bath MP Wera Hobhouse and Polly Andrews, Learning Officer at Bath Abbey looking at the Abbey's memorials in the North transept

Walk to mark International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade & its Abolition

By Bath Abbey | August 23, 2021
On this UNESCO International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, some of our Abbey team will be taking part in a walking conversation around Bath about our city’s legacy of slavery hosted by artist Richard…
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David Bryson

Bath Abbey welcomes its very first Organ Scholar

By Bath Abbey | August 18, 2021
The Music Department at Bath Abbey will be joined by its very first Organ Scholar, David Bryson, in September. Following success in his A Levels, David has secured a place at the University of Bath to study Computer Science and…
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Bath Abbey Summer Nights

Abbey opening late to visitors on Thursdays throughout August

By Bath Abbey | August 5, 2021
This August, we will be staying open past our usual closing time so that visitors can explore the Abbey and enjoy the atmosphere after hours for our event, Summer Nights. Every Thursday in August (5, 12, 19 & 26), we’ll…
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Mark De Lisser

‘Dark Shadows’ poem written in response to memorials’ links to colonialism and slave trade

By Bath Abbey | July 20, 2021
Bath-based poet, Mark De’Lisser, has written a poem, ‘Dark Shadows’, in response to the memorials in Bath Abbey and their links to colonialism and slavery. You can watch Mark performing his poem here or read it in full on our…
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