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Address: Abbey Road, Washford TA23 0PS, England
Phone Number: 443703331181
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Boasting the most impressively complete and unaltered set of monastic...

Boasting the most impressively complete and unaltered set of monastic cloister buildings in England. Standing roofed and two storeys high, they include the gatehouse, the 15h century refectory with its glorious angel rood; unusual painted chamberand the floor of an earlier refectory. An exhibition and touch screen virtual tour tell the story of abbey life and a story bag is an ideal way for families to explore the site.

Child friendly and dog friendly.

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Quiet, contemplative, fabulous spot. Truly special and not crowded, which it deserves to be. Like much of West Somserset, this is a delight, as yet undiscovered.

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 20, 2015
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Taunton, United Kingdom
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Taunton, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015 via mobile

Quiet, contemplative, fabulous spot. Truly special and not crowded, which it deserves to be. Like much of West Somserset, this is a delight, as yet undiscovered.

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UK
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214 reviews
77 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

wonderful x 100!! so full of wonderful stories, remaining ruins and you can feel the history just by touching the abbey walls.. it is all excellent!! great day out !

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Thank dilligaf53
UK
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

Interesting site, Abbey buildings fairly intact, lots of rooms to explore, also ruined parts and well written information boards throughout. Set in lovely grassed areas. Dogs welcome even indoors. Tiled floor was under restoration but displays of tiles in various places.

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Thank Sw123Uk
San Jose, California
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96 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

Only partially ruined so great for a rainy day. Really liked the tile making display, small so don't expect too much but we were fascinated. Great little store associated with the abbey to and they gave us tastes of sloe gin, mead and ginger wine none of which we had tried before and all of which we bought. Great prices... More 

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Thank Rusby1
vancouver
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

This abbey was one of the first to be closed by Henry VII. Some of the original abbey remains. I was interested in the old tiles which were found in the rubble and have been installed in window dormers. Be sure to wander around the basement where there are informative panels in many of the rooms.

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Thank ptcruiser62
Somerset, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

This is a very interesting collection of part ruin, part restored, part still in tact monastic cloister buildings. The impressive entrance arch in itself leads you to what is beyond. It goes from 13th - 15th century and gives an impressive insight into what life was like for Monks in those centuries. The little shop is well stocked and sells... More 

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EnglishHeritageTA, Marketing Manager at Cleeve Abbey, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback and glad that you enjoyed your visit. As you are probably aware, we are currently working on building a new protective structure over the tiles to better protect them which will be ready for Easter 2016 so we hope to see you again then. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015 via mobile

Many English Heritage sites appear to be left to rot but Cleeve Abbey has many interesting and original features from the entrance building through to the various rooms in the main complex. We stopped off just to break our journey and ended out staying until it closed so we thought it was worth the visit. We were also allowed to... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

interesting place to visit, not entirely massive, but packed with history and set in some beautiful surroundings

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New Forest UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

We loved visiting this ancient medieval monastery for many reasons. We were surprised that our dog was allowed round as a visitor by English Heritage, and infact she was made most welcome! thank you for that E.H. My favourite area was the angel roof refectory building. Intricately carved angels stare down at you from the wooden ceiling, each carved with... More 

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Thank NewForestLife
Tolworth
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015 via mobile

This monastery has excellent parking facilities and is owned by English heritage from the road it looks quite small but step inside this amazing Abbey and you will be pleasantly surprised a new building is being put up around the newly discovered tiles to protect from sunlight and inside the abbey itself has signs telling the story of the rooms

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