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

Hands in prayer with candles in the background

Bath Abbey supports the Archbishops of Canterbury and York in a call to prayer for the nation

By Bath Abbey | November 6, 2020
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have invited the nation to join them in prayer, in a message encouraging ‘calm, courageous and compassionate’ responses to the difficulties of the second national lockdown in England. In an open letter, the Archbishop…
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Candled with members of the congreation talking in the background

Requests for candle-lighting videos for Advent Service

By Bath Abbey | November 6, 2020
Bath Abbey is asking for our community of family and friends to send us a video of you lighting a candle, that we can include in the online Advent service, 2020. This will help to bring what would normally be…
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Bath Abbey choirs of Girls and Lay-clerks singing at a service

Bath Abbey Choir to perform in virtual Remembrance Concert

By Bath Abbey | October 22, 2020
Join the Bath Abbey Choir on Friday 6 November at 7.30pm as they pay tribute to those fallen in the First World War, Second World War and all conflicts since.   Instead of the usual Remembrance Day concert in the…
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Service in Abbey

Bath Abbey’s Annual Parochial Church Meeting 2020

By Bath Abbey | October 21, 2020
Thank you to everyone who attended our APCM and for your continued support of the Abbey especially those carrying on or taking on roles. A very special thank you to Liz Westbrook who stepped down as Churchwarden – we’ll miss…
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