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:

April Variations

Sat 13            Closing at 5pm (last entry 4.30pm).

May Variations

14 May          Closed 9am - 12pm.

Latest News

Abbey floor January 2021

Bath Abbey floor saved from collapse

By Bath Abbey | January 20, 2021
The last ledgerstones to complete the restoration of Bath Abbey’s floor will be re-laid later this week as part of the Abbey’s Footprint project to save its historic floor from collapse. Parts of the Abbey’s floor had been gradually sinking…
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The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis

Abbey Zoom Book Club to begin on 13 January

By Bath Abbey | January 7, 2021
Our Abbey Pastor, Chantal will be hosting a weekly evening zoom call as we explore together “The Screwtape Letters” by C. S. Lewis, in our next Abbey Zoom Book Club. The book club will run for eight evenings starting on…
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QR code linking to Bath Abbey Choir singing medley of three Christmas songs

Merry QRistmas from the Bath Abbey Choir

By Bath Abbey | December 14, 2020
The Bath Abbey Choir is bringing some festive cheer to shoppers with their music all around town – in the form of a QR code. Posters with a QR code that will enable shoppers to listen to a Christmas medley…
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Christmas tree in the Abbey with Tree of Hope information board

Bath Abbey’s Christmas tree of hope

By Bath Abbey | December 11, 2020
Christmas is a time of celebration, comfort and joy – however, we recognise that while looking forward to the new year, many of us may also be grieving losses and feeling anxious about what it will bring. Bath Abbey is…
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