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St. Augustine's Abbey

Longport, Canterbury CT1 1PF, England
01227 767 345
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Ranked #5 of 52 attractions in Canterbury
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Ancient Ruins
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London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Recently visited this historic site. It's a beautiful area. Take a book and a picnic and just enjoy the atmosphere. The archeology is very impressive. Parking is just across of the road. Enter into the small museum which is done very well. Amazing that there are graves there from before the 'dark ages'. Strongly suggest become English Heritage members, the... More

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Essex UK
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136 reviews 136 reviews
64 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We had planned on spending an hour here, but after an hour I had to go to renew our parking ticket - we were only a half way through the informative museum and had not even got to the abbey. It is all very well done. The only downside was the guy on the desk who tried VERY hard to... More

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London, England, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Not much left of this wonderful abbey, but wandering among the stones and thinking of St Augustine coming here in 597 is awesome. A Benedictine monk sent by Pope Gregory who landed on the Isle of Thanet, he founded the first abbey outside Italy

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Hayling Island, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
26 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

A much much more reasonable entry fee than the nearby cathedral rip-off, and the audio guide is FREE. I recommend taking up this latter offer as it is extremely informative and enhances the visit one hundred-fold. Not surprisingly I lingered here for well over an hour and a half. Although reduced to basic terms it is no more than a... More

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Crawley, United Kingdom
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78 reviews 78 reviews
35 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Having first decided to visit Canterbury Cathedral and abandoned the idea as at £10.50 per person it was a ridiculous price. So we came over to St Augustines Abbey (as English Heritage members entry is free). take advantage of the audio guides as here they are invaluable (and do not have people trying to use strange accents of a past... More

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Manchester
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53 reviews 53 reviews
27 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

we are members of English Heritage so entrance was free to us. Thought this would only take 15 minutes or so but we were there 1.5 hours. The audio tour is a must in order to get the most of of this attraction. Really interesting stuff and facts I didn't know. Beautiful surroundings, very quite and tranquil, well worth a... More

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London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Yes its old and large with nice grounds, but it is also a ruin and the entrance fee was too much. I saw as much as I needed to from the railings outside. Prohibitive if your unemployed or low paid so access to history denied.

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london
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

A huge expanse of lawned ground with some excavated ruins of the Anglo Saxon / Norman church of St Augustine who brought Christianity back to Britain in the late 6th century bc. Also the renaissance of king Henry viii palace. English heritage has an excellent display hall and shop. It works as a park on a hot summer day if... More

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SC and Oz
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43 reviews 43 reviews
37 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Ok... whether you like ruins or not this place has a interesting history. Get the guided tape and wander around the site. Unfortunately the church is not included but the story of how the abbey was not saved is interesting. Warning the ground is a bit uneven and a little difficult at spots. If you recently hurt you ankle like... More

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Whitstable, United Kingdom
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54 reviews 54 reviews
31 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

First thing you should do when entering St. Augustine's Abbey is get the audio guide, this will enlighten your journey through time and the ages and so that you can physically picture and see the changes to the abbey and the incredible stories that go with it. To walk upon grounds that others have walked back in 598AD is an... More

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