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Leiston Abbey

Theberton | Leiston, IP16 4TD, England
01728 831354
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Ranked #109 of 251 Attractions in Suffolk
Type: Ancient Ruins
Description: The ruins of a 12th-century abbey built by the Premonstratensian Order of Canons.
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English first
Suffolk, England
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130 reviews 130 reviews
36 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Having seen signs of this English Heritage site from the main road, decided to make a special visit, Absolutely intriguing place situated down private lane to what is described as the largest monastic site in Suffolk dating from 14th century. Huge monastery built in varied materials salvaged from original 12th century monastery of Minsmere. Has remains of the original choir... More

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Not much remains of this abbey. Remnants of walls... a few arches. We cycled from a nearby holiday spot to have a look at what English Heritage define as "...one of Suffolk's most impressive monastic ruins". Being an EH site, I would have expected more information and signage around. There was very little to read or discover. Obviously you don't... More

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Watford, United Kingdom
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58 reviews 58 reviews
28 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Leiston Abbey, in Suffolk, England, was formerly known as St Mary's Abbey , was transferred to Leiston,The order of the Abbey was a House of Augustinian Canons Regular who followed the Premonstratensian rule. Unlike monks, their main duties were preaching and pastoral work. Following the dissolution normally you see only ruins , its nice here to see a part re... More

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Hastings, United Kingdom
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Visited on a hot day in July. Stunning ruins with simple but informative boards as you wander round. It is an English heritage site but we didn't have to pay. There is a cafe with drinks and ice creams. Certainly worth a visit if you are in the area.

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Saxmundham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014 via mobile

Visited in august absolutely stunning place, sun was out and weather was beautiful. Smell of the freshly cut grass by the very handsome young man made it a perfect summers day. Could do with a little cafe/shop to stop and eat. Highly recommended especially just to see the young man who was on the lawn mower :)

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Basildon, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

I was staying in Aldeburgh (Business and Leisure) and went to visit the Abbey on a Tuesday morning. I had the whole place to myself!. it is very impressive, atmospheric even. If you are looking for interactive displays and gift shops, this is not for you. Just a nice, calm, historic building for you to wander around at your leisure.... More

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Chatham, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

Visited the ruins by day earlier this week and our kids thought, what a fantastic place for Halloween. Absolutely stunning by day with lots of interesting facts to learn about it's history. Went along at dusk on 31st Oct with the kids dressed up and we were spooking them around all the dark corners. The lure of trick or trick... More

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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60 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

We found this old abbey by chance when seeking a quiet spot for our picnic lunch. It is down a lengthy spur lane off the main road from Aldburgh. There is good car parking and a nice grassy area for sitting.. The abbey is a ruin, as most after Henry 8th. The remaining walls and arches are impressive against a... More

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Lowestoft, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

got married here :0) beautiful!!!...staff were helpful and our on site wedding planner was wonderfull,

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136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

Due to a road closure we were passing and called in. Not really a lot to see. There may be more interest on one of the occasions when the music school who occupy the barn have a concert. With Orford and Framlingham castles nearby it seems a rather poor relation. Signage adequate.No facilities, seems to be a shop but is... More

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