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

Mon 24th         Closed from 1.00pm – 3.30pm

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

July Variations

Weds 10th        Opening at 12.30pm

Fri 12th            Closing at 2.30pm

Mon 15th - Fri 19th      Closed for visiting and tower tours due to graduations

Latest News

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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Huw Williams, Bath Abbey's Director of Music, conducting the Choir who are singing Christmas music for Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Bath Abbey Choir perform during The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Royal Train visit

By Bath Abbey | December 10, 2020
Members of the Bath Abbey Choir, led by our Director of Music, Huw Williams, performed Christmas music for Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their visit to Cleeve Court Care Home on Tuesday 8 December. The…
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Bath BID Illuminate the City for Christmas

By Bath Abbey | November 30, 2020
The Bath BID has brought to life some of Bath’s iconic streets and buildings including Bath Abbey for the festive season, with a series of magical rainbow illuminations. The spectacular lighting was funded by the Bath BID and designed and…
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