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 BID Illuminate the City for Christmas

By Bath Abbey | November 30, 2020
The Bath BID has brought to life some of Bath’s iconic streets and buildings including Bath Abbey for the festive season, with a series of magical rainbow illuminations. The spectacular lighting was funded by the Bath BID and designed and…
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Choir recording

Bath Abbey Choir has a new album out for Christmas

By Bath Abbey | November 18, 2020
The Bath Abbey Choir has released a new Christmas album. The recording was made earlier this year in January with the full Abbey Choir of Girls, Boys and Lay-clerks conducted by Huw Williams, the Abbey’s Director of Music, and accompanied…
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Bath Abbey receives lifeline grant from Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund

By Bath Abbey | November 11, 2020
Almost 450 heritage organisations, churches and cathedrals in England, including Bath Abbey have been awarded funding from the first round of the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage Grants of up to £1 million will deliver a lifeline for churches, cathedrals and the…
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Underfloor heating pipes being laid in the Abbey as part of the Footprint project

Underfloor heating paves the way to a greener Bath Abbey

By Bath Abbey | November 10, 2020
Underfloor heating pipes are being laid in Bath Abbey as part of an innovative thermal heating system to heat the Abbey and adjacent buildings using Bath’s famous hot springs. As part of the Abbey‘s Footprint project, sections of the medieval…
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