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

Fri 31st             Closed 11 – 2pm

June Variations

Sat 1st              Opening at 1.30pm, last entry 4.30pm for Mayor Making

Fri 7th              Last entry at 3pm

Thurs 13th      Opening at 3pm due to a service

Sat 15th           Closed 2 – 4.30pm

Mon 24th         Closed from 1pm – 3.30pm

Sat 29th           Closing at 4.30pm for Evensong (Everyone is welcome)

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.

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Latest News

Collage of Bath Abbey wall memorials

Bath Abbey Monuments Exhibition to tell story of colonialism and slave trade

By Bath Abbey | May 18, 2021
Bath Abbey is to hold an exhibition revealing its links to colonialism and the transatlantic slave trade through the history of its monuments and ledgerstones. The ‘Monuments, Empire and Slavery’ exhibition, which will run from 24 May to 4 September…
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Bath Abbey West Front

Abbey Electoral Roll – Annual Revision 2021

By Bath Abbey | April 21, 2021
The annual revision of the Abbey Electoral Roll will take place between Monday 26 April and Monday 10 May prior to the APCM (Annual Parochial Church Meeting) on Thursday 27 May 2021.  If you are a member of the Abbey…
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Abbey Choir socially distanced

Welcome back to our Abbey Boys and Girls!

By Bath Abbey | April 12, 2021
We are delighted that new guidance means we are able to welcome back our Abbey Choirs of Boys and Girls who will be rehearsing for the first time this year in the Abbey today and tomorrow (Monday 12 and Tuesday…
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Portrait of HRH Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip in the sanctuary of Bath Abbey

Statement by the Rector of Bath Abbey on the Death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip

By Bath Abbey | April 9, 2021
We are deeply saddened by the death of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. For the next nine days, Bath Abbey will be open daily, with Covid safety measures in place, for all who wish to pray and…
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