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

East end of Abbey after restoration

East end of Bath Abbey re-opens after first year of work for Footprint project

By Bath Abbey | September 18, 2019
The first phase of Bath Abbey’s Footprint project is now complete and the east end of the church, which has been hidden behind hoardings for the last year, has been re-opened. The Footprint project started in May 2018 and involved…
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Artwork by school children for Footprint hoardings

Family-Friendly Concerts to Raise Funds for Bath Abbey’s Footprint Project

By Bath Abbey | September 18, 2019
Tickets are being snapped up for four summer evening choral concerts at Bath Abbey in June and July. The series of concerts is in support of the Abbey’s Footprint Project and all money raised, including ticket sales, will automatically be…
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Archaeological test pits in nave of Bath Abbey as part of Footprint project

Work continues in Bath Abbey for Footprint project with archaeological test pits

By Bath Abbey | September 18, 2019
Excavation work is taking place in the nave of Bath Abbey to confirm where a new trench for services will go, including for an innovative underfloor eco-heating system using Bath’s hot springs. Two small archaeological test pits, measuring approximately 1metre…
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Cheque being presented by Andrew Brownsword

Brownsword charitable foundation presents £175,000 cheque to Bath Abbey

By Web Foundry | January 22, 2019
Bath Abbey has been presented with a cheque for £175,000 towards the Footprint project by well-known local philanthropist, Andrew Brownsword. The Abbey’s Rector, The Reverend Canon Guy Bridgewater, met with Mr and Mrs Brownsword and to receive the cheque which…
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