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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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beautiful site with a rich history

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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English first
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32 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

Thank Jrjohnson247
Dudley, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

Thank Reynard999
Gloucester, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

Thank Jacki B
Gloucester, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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 

Thank Deb L
Stroud, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
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 

Thank Amy A
Morrison, CO
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38 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
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 

Thank Mtn2Sea
Daytona Beach, Florida
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20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

A step back in time! Includes audio description of over 9 areas of the ruins plus many more for the relics inside the museum. Tables on site for lunch or mere reflection.

Thank RudiWalker
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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496 reviews
220 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

There is very little left of the Cistercian abbey but what is still standing is lovely. The site is very well maintained and you can clearly see the ruins of the building. It is a very peaceful place and on the hot day we visited it was very pleasant to stroll around the site. It is well detailled how hard... More 

1 Thank SarahOB79
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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86 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

I found the ruins of this Abbey to be a very relaxing and restful place. There is an atmosphere here that can probably be explained by the hundreds of years of prayer, mediation and praise to God that emanated from here day by day. It is an easy place to sit and commune with God for yourself. Along with the... More 

1 Thank Sherril E
Tampa, Florida
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353 reviews
247 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

If you are visiting sites in the Cotswolds or around Cheltenham this is a nice and different addition to you list. The audio guide they give you is very well laid out and is actually very interesting! Worth a stop over!

1 Thank StefJax

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