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 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.

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

Thurs 13th      Opening at 3pm due to a service

Sat 15th           Closed from 2pm

Mon 24th         Closed from 12.30pm – 3.30pm

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

Latest News

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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Archive Library

Grant awarded to explore Bath’s links to slave trade and history of Black presence

By Bath Abbey | April 7, 2021
Thanks to The National Archives, Bath Abbey, Bath Preservation Trust and Bath Records Office have been awarded a grant to explore Bath’s links to the transatlantic slave trade and the history of a Black presence in the city by studying…
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East Window

Bath Abbey to resume in person worship for Easter celebrations

By Bath Abbey | March 24, 2021
Bath Abbey is delighted to be welcoming back its congregation in time for Easter celebrations as it reopens for in person worship from Palm Sunday (March 28). In support of the national lockdown, the Abbey moved all communal worship and…
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Bath Abbey Choir of Lay Clerks singing in Bath Abbey while socially distanced

Covid-19 Remembrance Anthem written by Bath Abbey’s Director of Music  

By Bath Abbey | March 16, 2021
Bath Abbey’s Director of Music, Huw Williams, has composed a new piece of music for a special Bath & North East Somerset event to remember all those who have lost their lives since the start of the Covid pandemic in…
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