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Cleeve Abbey

Abbey Road, Washford TA23 0PS, England
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Ranked #1 of 3 attractions in Washford
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
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Minehead, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Despite living in west Somerset many years I'd not visited Cleeve Abbey since a school trip about 20 years ago. Went up there again recently and was really impressed with the quality of the grounds and how well kept the place was looking. There was some great information about and there's obviously a dedicated conversation team there working hard. In... More

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SC and Oz
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Beautiful and historic this abbey is definitely worth a couple of hours to explore. The staff is friendly and I had the chance to wander without a crowd ... most interesting is the tented covering of the tiled floor uncovered in excavations that dates back to early years of the abbey. Also recommend the English Heritage Overseas visitors pass. Well... More

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014 via mobile

A delightful Abbey ruins in good enough shape to visualise abbey life. Well maintained by English Heritage and some thoughtful things for kids to do as well. A very nice collection of ancient tiles is displayed, including many in situ. We were lucky enough to visit in beautiful English summer, bathed in sunshine, which was ideal for our picnic in... More

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Alsager, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Wow, what a gem, so much of it's buildings have survived and have been admirably well conserved by English Heritage. A big thank you for letting all our children go free, you've certainly pipped the NT to the post ! The gate house is spectacular so too the great first floor rooms,awe inspiring reconstructed medieval tiled floor outside. Good facilities... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Complete enough to show what the abbey looked like and the kids lapped it up. Plenty of free parking and of course free for you and the kids if you are an EH member. Lots to see and some surprising survivals on 2 floors. Loved the medieval tile pavement and the kids discovering the animals in them!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

Visited Cleeve Abbey in September 2013 with my husband and both sets of older parents.. There are some ruins, but there is still a lot there to give you a good feel for what the full complex would have been like in its day. It's not very big but charming with its walled apple orchard, gatehouse and is set in... More

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Cheshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

We visited Cleeve Abbey on our way to Somerset.It is managed by English Heritage ans is well preserved. As you walk through an old gatehouse you see a lovely view of the abbey and grounds. There is a gift shop where you can buy a guide book if you wish. The abbey church was itself in ruins,but you were able... More

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Newbury, England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

When younger our boys would role play being fighting monks here. Its a lovely old place to explore with lots to see.

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Weston super Mare, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

Found it interesting how the Abbey had been preserved in a state which made visualising the way in which the monks had lived and worked easy to do. Even the abbey church, long since demolished after the dissolution was excavated to a point which made it easy to see. A beatifully kept building in a most tranquil setting.

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Presteigne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

Large car park then a short walk across the road to the entrance. The lady who greeted us was very knowledgeable and set us off on a delightful visit to this well presented site. There is a lot to see here and the history of the buildings and their preservation makes this so much more than a ruin, it is... More

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