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…

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:

September Closures

Thurs 14          Closed until 1pm

Fri 15               Closed 1.15 until 4pm

Sat 23               Closed from 3.30pm for Harvest Supper

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

Latest News

Two hands in the shape of a heart

Tell us 3 things you would like to give thanks for

By Bath Abbey | April 18, 2020
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances”…says Paul as he writes to the Thessalonian church. Take a look at what the Abbey community is giving thanks for and rejoicing over this week. Do please let us know…
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Ellacombe chimes rung on Easter morning 2020

Abbey bells heard by locals on Easter morning

By Bath Abbey | April 13, 2020
Our church bells were still able to ring out on Easter morning thanks to two of the Abbey’s bellringers being given special permission to use the Ellacombe Chime which enables all the bells to be chimed by a single person.…
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Bath Abbey from the south

Come & See event brings together three exciting celebrations and unveilings

By Bath Abbey | March 16, 2020
On Thursday 5 March, many of our Abbey congregation and extended family joined us for a special “Come and See!” event which brought together three exciting celebrations and unveilings, rolled into one: An Introduction to the Abbey’s Mission Action Plan for 2020-25…
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Newly restored floor in the North aisle of the Abbey completed as part of Footprint project

Restoration of North Side of Bath Abbey Completed As Part of Footprint Project

By Bath Abbey | March 10, 2020
Two-thirds of Bath Abbey’s historic floor have now been fully restored and saved from collapse as part of Phase 2 of the Abbey’s Footprint project – with work on the final phase due to commence next week. Just this week,…
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