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

Christmas tree with golden lights in from 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 see the variations to visiting times below:

December Closures

Sat 2        Closing at 12.00pm for Shoppers' Carols

Sun 3       Closed for visiting due to services.

Weds 6     Closed 1.00pm - 3.00pm

Thurs 7     Closed 1.00pm - 3.00pm

Sat 9          Closing at 12.00pm for Shopper's Carols

Weds 13    Closed 1.00pm - 3.30pm

Thurs 14    Closed 1.00pm - 4.00pm

Fri 15         Closed 1.00pm - 3.30pm

Sun 17       Closed for visiting due to services.

Sat 23         Closed from 3pm

Sun 24 - Tues 26     Closed for visiting due to Christmas services

Weds 27 - Sat 30     Closing at 4pm

Sun 31 - Mon 1 Jan 2024   Closed for visiting

Latest News

Bath Abbey West Front

Advance notice: Bath Abbey closed Mon 8 – Thu 11 March 2021

By Bath Abbey | March 5, 2021
Advance notice: Bath Abbey closed Mon 8 – Thu 11 March Bath Abbey will be closed for four days next week so that an archaeological survey can take place. From Monday 8 March to Thursday 11 March (inclusive), the Abbey…
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The outside of Bath Abbey lookuping up to the sky

Bath Abbey bell to toll 100 times in memory of Captain Sir Tom Moore

By Bath Abbey | February 26, 2021
Together with churches around the country, Bath Abbey will be tolling its largest bell at 12 noon tomorrow (Saturday 27 Feb) to honour Captain Sir Tom Moore on the day of his funeral. One of the Abbey’s bell ringers will be…
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Bath Abbey interior and ceiling lit by new LED lighting

Bath Abbey goes green with new LED lighting

By Bath Abbey | February 25, 2021
Video courtesy of Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios Photo courtesy of Drew Aitchison Work is currently being carried out to install a new state-of-the-art, LED lighting system in Bath Abbey. Following the completion of the floor repairs and installation of the…
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Bath Abbey floor saved from collapse as part of Footprint project

Footprint Newsletter, February 2021

By Bath Abbey | February 23, 2021
Welcome to our latest Footprint news, hot off the press from Bath Abbey – indeed getting hotter by the day! Not only is the floor of our beautiful building now gloriously heated throughout, we are getting closer and closer to…
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