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Address: Abbey Road, Washford TA23 0PS, England
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Incredible History - Great Attraction

We came to Cleeve Abbey via the West Somerset steam train. There is a 20% discount if you present your train ticket. It's around £4 each. It's really worth the money. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 15, 2015
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

We came to Cleeve Abbey via the West Somerset steam train. There is a 20% discount if you present your train ticket. It's around £4 each. It's really worth the money. The history and beauty of Cleeve Abbey is staggering. It's mind-blowing to be walking in the footsteps of monks from 800 years ago. I would highly recommend this attraction.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Cleeve Abbey was founded in 1198, and the first Circestircian monks arrived here from Revesby Abbey in Lincolnshire. This Abbey is known has a grand-daughter house the parent house being Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire. The monks called the abbey ‘The Valley of The flowers’, so lush was the soil. The Abbey prospered and became very wealthy. Sadly when Henry VIII... More 

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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

It was fascinating to visit an abbey that had not been quite as ruined after Henry VIII's dissolution as many others. There was a beautiful ceiling still full of angels. Unfortunately, the old church attached to the abbey had been totally dismantled for stone and only the layout is left. The gentleman on reception was very keen to answer our... More 

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Interesting information about the simple life led at the abbey in early days. Although they did have flushing toilets well before the average folk. Well preserved , many information boards, good audio tour. Activities for young children to do in a big room in same building as shop.some stairs to climb to the really preserved bits... Shop has a coffee... More 

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West Wyalong, New South Wales, Australia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed this castle abbey. Very surprising to see how things were. Nice to look through some of the old bibles and see the names and such as they always were written. We also enjoyed the grounds and the staff of course as ever were incredibly helpful.. We followed this visit with a quick hop up to exmoor and... More 

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

What I really liked about this visit, was that this particular Abby (unlike many others in England), was not just treated as a quarry after the reformation but largely preserved, minus the church, of course...and so gave a really great insight into the lives of the monastic order as it would have been. Far less architecturally impressive than Fountains Abbey... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

We visited here just by chance as we were at Butlins for the weekend and had our EH cards with us. We parked the car and just strolling up to the gatehouse you could feel the peacefulness, the birds signing, blue sky and the countryside. The gatehouse itself is interesting and thanks to the information boards ensured you looked and... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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63 reviews 63 reviews
17 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 via mobile

They certainly knew how to pick a spot to establish themselves. Although Henry VIII wrecked the abbey itself a surprising amount of the monastery is intact. An interesting place to visit, and very tranquil. Despite it being a bank holiday weekend, there were few other visitors. I found it delightful with beautiful verdant surroundings. Vault la visite, as M. Michelin... More 

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Meeker, Colorado
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13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

The ruins of this Cistercian Abbey was absolutely amazing and we were very glad to have taken the extra time. Although the church is long gone, the monastic buildings are more complete than most. The setting is gorgeous - even on a windy, overcast day.

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Chester, United Kingdom
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43 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

That English rarity - a dissolved abbey that was, to a considerable extent, saved from destruction, and even more rare in having an outstanding set of complete first floor rooms including a dormitory. Over the years many private individuals and EH have invested in a huge amount of considerate archaeology to create a time-capsule. Signposted just off A39 east of... More 

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Address: Address: Abbey Road, Washford TA23 0PS, England
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Somerset  >  Washford
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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