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

Christmas tree with golden lights in from 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 see the variations to visiting times below:

December Closures

Sat 2        Closing at 12.00pm for Shoppers' Carols

Sun 3       Closed for visiting due to services.

Weds 6     Closed 1.00pm - 3.00pm

Thurs 7     Closed 1.00pm - 3.00pm

Sat 9          Closing at 12.00pm for Shopper's Carols

Weds 13    Closed 1.00pm - 3.30pm

Thurs 14    Closed 1.00pm - 4.00pm

Fri 15         Closed 1.00pm - 3.30pm

Sun 17       Closed for visiting due to services.

Sat 23         Closed from 3pm

Sun 24 - Tues 26     Closed for visiting due to Christmas services

Weds 27 - Sat 30     Closing at 4pm

Sun 31 - Mon 1 Jan 2024   Closed for visiting

Latest News

Bath Abbey West Front

Abbey Bounce Back Appeal

By Bath Abbey | July 24, 2020
Since its recent re-opening, Bath Abbey has launched a Bounce Back Appeal to raise urgently needed funds to support its continuing work and care of its building. During lockdown around 140,000 people have not been able to come to the…
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Five of our Girls Choir who are leaving this year

Saying goodbye and thank you to our Girls’ Choir Leavers

By Bath Abbey | July 23, 2020
A small number gathered in the Abbey on Sunday for a trial service, which will help us work towards starting services again in August. It was the first time members of the Abbey family have been able to worship together…
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Bath Abbey from the south

Extending opening hours: 10am – 4pm daily

By Bath Abbey | July 6, 2020
We are delighted to be in a position now to extend our opening hours. From Monday 6th July, the Abbey will open for prayer and visiting from 10am to 4pm each day. We continue to pray for our clergy and…
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Charles Curnock pictured left and Bath MP Wera Hobhouse pictured right at the Roman Baths with Bath Abbey in the background

Charles Curnock honoured by Archbishop of Canterbury

By Bath Abbey | July 1, 2020
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has announced this year’s recipients of Lambeth Awards for outstanding contributions to the Church and wider society. Among the recipients is a name familiar to us, our very own Charles Curnock who received The…
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