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St. Augustine's Abbey

Longport, Canterbury CT1 1PF, England
01227 767 345
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Ranked #5 of 50 attractions in Canterbury
Type: Historic Sites, Ancient Ruins
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London, England, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

We made the mistake of not taking the audio guides, but having said that, my family and I roamed the ruins for an hour or so, reading the information boards along the way. There was only one other family with us and that made the experience even more peaceful. You can easily imagine what the abbey must have looked like.... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

I like old ruins, so this was my second-highest priority to see in Canterbury, after the cathedral. While little tangible evidence remains of what St. Augustine and his monks created in the sixth century, there are many fascinating stories in the rocks remaining on the property. I recommend taking the audio tour, reading the inscriptions at the various stations throughout... More

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London, United Kingdom
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114 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Ruins of the Abbey founded by Augustine (as he was then) when he brought Christianity back to England in the 6th century. The helpful audioguide tells the story of the founding, growth, decline, destruction and rescue of the abbey.

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Ghent, Belgium
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38 reviews 38 reviews
18 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

The St.Augustine Abbey is a big place, so takes at least 1,5 hour to visit & the audio guides are well put together and necessary to understand the different constructions & times. It is an important site and therefore quite popular, so try and be there when it opens, if you like to have some peace and quiet.

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San Marcos, Texas
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Wikipedia will do better justice of the history of the ruins, but I wanted to submit a tip. There are numerous vantage points across Canterbury Christ Church University from which to see the ruins for free. No one will hassle you on campus (I was a student there).

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
30 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

These gardens and historic relics are to be savoured. This site has been included as one of the World Heritage sites to enable visitors from around the world to learn and understand some of the history of this great city.

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Top Contributor
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28 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

It was really lovely having a walk around the ruins on a sunny day reading the boards which give an insight in to how the place once looked. I can imagine it being the perfect place for a picnic in the summer.

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Stroud
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

Follow the walk from the cathedral to this Abbey and continue the historical tour of Canterbury. Entry is only £5 and an audio tour is included. When I visited it was cold and drizzly, but it was still interesting - although I did skip through the additional stories on offer because of the cold!

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

As ruins go, there are better ones (Whitby Abbey, Glastonbury Abbey for example). If you want great photos of interesting ruins then this is not the place to go. The history of the place however, is well worth hearing and an audio tour which is included in the entry price. The museum in the visitor centre is also excellent and... More

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London
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40 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

This abbey is in the shadow of the cathedral, figuratively, it would have been a more impressive tourist attraction, if it did not have the cathedral that close. It's an English Heritage property, and has an excellent indoor exhibition to go through first, it explains the Christian heritage of the area and the importance of this abbey, then you can... More

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