A Different Type of Church
We are overjoyed that the Abbey is now open for private prayer. We recognise that many of us are grieving losses of many kinds and are facing heightened levels of fear and anxiety. The Abbey is a place to come to God. At the same time we continue to offer online resources to support each other and the city of Bath through this difficult period.
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 throw open the Abbey doors once again, 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”
The Revd Canon Guy Bridgewater
Rector of Bath Abbey
Opening Times & Safety Measures
In partnership with churches in Bath, the Abbey is now open for private prayer. It might look a little different and you might have to do things differently for a while, but know, you are very welcome and we're doing all we can to keep you, our staff and volunteers safe.
We are open:
- Mondays-Saturdays 4.30pm - 6pm
- Sundays 11am-1pm
From Monday 6th July, we'll be open for private prayer and visiting from 10am-4pm each day. We will continue to provide daily and weekly worship online.
You can find out what to expect by watching this short video of the inside of the Abbey.
Individuals can come in to pause and reflect, pray or light a candle. You'll be able to sit down and rest in the nave, or the Birde Chapel and Gethsemane Chapel are open. Chaplains will also be available to offer their support and prayers.
We look forward to welcoming you and have made some changes to ensure everyone can enjoy the Abbey safely
- Hand sanitiser provided at entrance
- Entrance and exit will be staffed to ensure contact with door handles etc can be avoided
- Upon entry, we ask that you provide contact details for one person in your group to support NHS Test & Trace
- Physical distancing at 2 metres to be maintained by all individuals (staff, volunteers and visitors)
- Chairs in nave placed 2 metres at least apart
- Only 1 person is allowed in the Birde Chapel and 2 people in the Gethsemane Chapel at the same time
- Clearly marked one-way route from the entrance to the Sanctuary and Chapels at the East end
- Chaplains, staff and volunteers will available to help while maintaining a 2 metre distance
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