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Hailes Abbey

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

The remains of a once important abbey. A mobile gadget is available to inform you about the areas of the Abbey as you walk round, and gives details of events in the history of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
gourmet961
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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Summerland, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm glad I took the time to step off the trail. Very interesting. This actual site gave a good sense of the story of the former cathedral. Impressive in its day.

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Thank Donna H
Gloucester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The remains of a once important abbey. A mobile gadget is available to inform you about the areas of the Abbey as you walk round, and gives details of events in the history of the place. The admission price is reasonable and there is a gift shop and toilet facilities on site

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Thank gourmet961
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The audioguide was brilliant and recreated mediaeval monastic life before the dissolution of the monasteries. We visited on a bright and sunny day; I got some lovely photographs of the ruins against a blue sky.

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Thank Ms_Moggy
Nailsworth, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

We visited the site and did a self tour and it was a most interesting experience. The site is in ruins and some imagination is required to interpret it. With a little effort there is much to enjoy and the situation is magical. There is a small museum/shop that is worth exploring which gives you a good overview of Hailes... More 

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36 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

I went for a ramble here with a friend. Better in good weather, it is completely ruined and open to the elements. We bought a guide book - I'd imagine the audio tour would be even better, but we had good fun reading the guidebook room by room as we walked around working out where we were and its original... More 

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Thank Jrjohnson247
Dudley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

An interesting ruin to spend time exploring. Best to have the audio guide to fully appreciate the history of the building and to gain knowledge of the period and the inhabitants. It is open to the elements and is run by the National Trust and English Heritage.

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Thank Reynard999
Gloucester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

We had a very nice visit to the Abbey. We used the audio guides and went on a "self-tour" It was a great way to keep teens engaged and learn about British history. The surrounding area is lovely. The next time we go we'll take a picnic lunch and stay longer.

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Thank Jacki B
Gloucester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

If you enjoy English history, then you will appreciate Hailes. It is owned by the National Trust, but managed by English Heritage, so if you are a member of either of these your membership will cover entry. Not much remains of the abbey, but the audio tour is very good at telling the story of the how it was built... More 

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Thank Deb L
Stroud, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Fascinating site of one of the major Cistercian Abbeys in Britain; mainly cloister arcades now surviving. Attractive, well-designed glass-walled 'museum' of detached elements adjoining the visitor centre with some easy to follow interpretation. Interesting shop, some unusual items (warmly recommend the ginger curd!). Main let-down - really grotty approach to ladies toilet - steps down plus one up (totally unnecessary... More 

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Morrison, CO
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

I love visiting historical sites, such as this Abbey. You're given a listening device, as part as the cost of admission. Everything is organized on the tape so that you're looking at a particular section of the Abbey. A imagined re-enactment is also part of the recording to help you immerse yourself in the everyday life of the monks. I... More 

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