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St. Augustine's Abbey

Longport, Canterbury CT1 1PF, England
01227 767 345
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Ranked #4 of 52 attractions in Canterbury
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Ancient Ruins
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Canterbury
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69 reviews 69 reviews
30 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Continuing to enjoy English heritage membership (using tesco club card vouchers) this is the best way to afford entry to this and other great sites. The site has a nice museum and displays for about 20mins. Good audio guide for the ruins outside. Good place for under 10's for a run around and hiding, also quite relaxing and an important... More

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Spofforth, United Kingdom
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54 reviews 54 reviews
42 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

This abbey is just outside the walls with parking opposite. It is an English Heritage site so free to members (we are) but a fairly steep price to those who are not. There is an informative information centre complete with skeleton before you enter the extensive ruins. Good set of ruins with plenty to look round and sensible amount of... More

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Escondido, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
21 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

The abbey is outside of town so the tour buses don't go there. When we were there, we were almost alone. The museum is first, and has some interesting artifacts. The ruins are the best part, however, and with the written guide it was really easy to see what was what. There's a real connection to the past here--this is... More

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Sao Paulo, SP
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Beautiful place to visit. I think the fee was too much for a historical site. You can go there a do a picnic, read a book or just nap and relax on the lawn. Very nice to walk around imagining how they used to live there.

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London, United Kingdom
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7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

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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135 reviews 135 reviews
64 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

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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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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46 reviews 46 reviews
29 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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79 reviews 79 reviews
35 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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27 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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