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:

May Variations

Fri 31st             Closed 11 – 2pm

June Variations

Sat 1st              Opening at 1.30pm, last entry 4.30pm for Mayor Making

Fri 7th              Last entry at 3pm

Thurs 13th      Opening at 3pm due to a service

Sat 15th           Closed 2 – 4.30pm

Mon 24th         Closed from 1pm – 3.30pm

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

Featured Event

A Musical Journey

Petits plats de la musique!

We invite you on a musical journey as our choirs prepare to travel to Paris and York for their annual tours.

Wonderful music from around Europe showcasing variations of colour and style.

Featuring music by Bairstow, Byrd, Messiaen, Poulenc and Vierne.


Latest News

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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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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