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 re-opening for private prayer

By Bath Abbey | June 15, 2020
Bath Abbey will re-open today, Monday 15 June, for private prayer in partnership with churches across Bath. The Abbey’s opening times will be: Mondays – Saturdays – 4.30pm-6pm, and Sundays – 11am-1pm. Individuals can come in to pause and reflect,…
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Kalyn Mallard, a member of the Bath Abbey Prayer Team

Bath Abbey prayer team “humbled” and “moved to tears” by prayer requests

By Bath Abbey | June 2, 2020
Seeking support or reassurance from prayer is more important now than ever. Since lockdown, Bath Abbey has continued to offer prayers for people online through its ‘Just Ask’ campaign. At the touch of a button, you can submit your prayer…
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Bath in Lockdown - The Church Responds

Bath in Lockdown – The Church Responds

By Bath Abbey | May 28, 2020
There have been many examples of compassionate care around the city of Bath during the Coronavirus lockdown. Supporting key workers and their families, caring for the vulnerable, volunteering in neighbourhoods – expressions of goodwill have abounded. Revd Stephen Girling (Bath Abbey)…
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Thy Kingdom Come

Prayers for ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ available online soon

By Bath Abbey | May 15, 2020
Each day from Ascension Day to Pentecost (21 May to 31 May) we will be praying together for ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ in a ten minute service led by Abbey Ministers, available in our daily and weekly worship online section from…
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