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Address: | Near Winchcombe, Cheltenham GL54 5PB, England
Phone Number: +44 1242 602398
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Hailes abbey

We had completed a very long walk in the surrounding hills and thought we'd spend half an hour at the abbey. We could see parts of the ruins from the road and were impressed... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

As soon as you walk into the museum you realise that this is a little g of English history. The friendly, polite staff were very helpful and the merchandise is very good and affordable. The abbey itself is pretty with helpful signs allowing you to get a feel of the life the monks had. The little church opposite is a... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Lovely area but didn't go around the grounds, felt it a bit cheeky to charge to view the ruins. Museum worth a visit.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

We had completed a very long walk in the surrounding hills and thought we'd spend half an hour at the abbey. We could see parts of the ruins from the road and were impressed. However we were even more impressed once we were actually on the site! There is actually a lot of ground to cover but the site is... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

The ruins at Hailes abbey are by no means comparable to those at, say, Fountains Abbey. However, there are some strange building that you will not see at the larger sites, due to the existence at the abbey of a phial of Christ's Blood. The guidebook provides a good tour of the site and highlights these more unusual parts. Perhaps... More 

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Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Not a lot left height wise of the abbey, but take the audio guided tour which brings it all to life via the information panels. Some of the narration is done in monks' voices which makes interesting listening. After touring the site go and see the small museum situated at the back of the gift shop which has a few... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Very interesting site to visit specially with the audio guide. Has a small museum and gift shop as well as toilet facilities. Smallish car park next to a lovely little church. English Heritage site run by the National Trust.

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015 via mobile

As we visited out of season we were unable to walk round the Abbey ruins so decided to look in the church and were so glad we did. It was built in 1135 and medieval wall paintings are still visible. A delightful little church.

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Gloucester, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

There was an expression many years ago "As sure as God's in Gloucestershire" Well, come and see for yourself! These ruins are hauntingly beautiful and in a most beautiful part of this glorious County.Visit the tiny church of Hailes nearby, well worth a visit for the mediaeval wall paintings and get your map out when you leave, turn LEFT as... More 

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

This is an "English Heritage" site and therefore provides free entry for Members. Personally, I am not a fan of "Audio Guides" but they really are essential in this case as otherwise you would miss things and basically not have a clue about what you are walking around (which would be a shame). Fascinating history full of religious and regal... More 

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Somerset, England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

You could walk round this site in about 10 minutes and not learn a lot! However, the audio tour fully explains all about this Abbey and you can then imagine what when on in each room. It started to rain heavily half way round but we were determined not to miss out on anything. The monks lived such a hard... More 

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