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Address: Winchcombe, Gloucester GL54 5PB, England
Phone Number: 44 1242 602398

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Must visit adjoining church

As we visited out of season we were unable to walk round the Abbey ruins so decided to look in the church and were so glad we did. It was built in 1135 and medieval wall paintings... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 16, 2015
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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75 reviews 75 reviews
20 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015 via mobile

As we visited out of season we were unable to walk round the Abbey ruins so decided to look in the church and were so glad we did. It was built in 1135 and medieval wall paintings are still visible. A delightful little church.

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Gloucester, England, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

There was an expression many years ago "As sure as God's in Gloucestershire" Well, come and see for yourself! These ruins are hauntingly beautiful and in a most beautiful part of this glorious County.Visit the tiny church of Hailes nearby, well worth a visit for the mediaeval wall paintings and get your map out when you leave, turn LEFT as... More 

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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65 reviews 65 reviews
38 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

This is an "English Heritage" site and therefore provides free entry for Members. Personally, I am not a fan of "Audio Guides" but they really are essential in this case as otherwise you would miss things and basically not have a clue about what you are walking around (which would be a shame). Fascinating history full of religious and regal... More 

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Somerset, England
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410 reviews 410 reviews
281 attraction reviews
286 helpful votes 286 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

You could walk round this site in about 10 minutes and not learn a lot! However, the audio tour fully explains all about this Abbey and you can then imagine what when on in each room. It started to rain heavily half way round but we were determined not to miss out on anything. The monks lived such a hard... More 

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Colorado
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280 reviews 280 reviews
133 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

The remains of a 1246 Cistercians Abbey. It was started by the Earl of Cornwall. There is a small church across the street and an interesting museum. Nice arches and walls remaining, as well as a lot of the foundations. Legend has it that they once had a vial of Christ’s blood, which made it a pilgrimage destination. Well worth... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Get the audio guide and do the tour! It was very educational but not long and dry. Make a visit to Hailes Farm as well.

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England
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67 reviews 67 reviews
21 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

This monastery was an important place of pilgrimage until Henry VIII closed it down. People travelled from all over the place because it's most significant relic was a quantity of the 'holy blood' taken from Jesus ... anyway, it is well worth continuing the tradition and take the tour around the ruins. The little church over the road contains some... More 

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Warwickshire, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Would recommend the audio guide and will probably return with our children another time. So interesting and such a beautiful situation. The conkers were falling off the trees but I would imagine it is beautiful at any time of year.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I love photography, and when I travel, I enjoy going to ruins and taking some interesting shots. I noticed Hailes Abbey on a map of the area where I was traveling and, since it was close, decided to check it out. I figured I would be there for thirty minutes and call it good; I stayed for several hours. Get... More 

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Newark, California
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33 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

We fell in love with Kilchurn castle, a ruined castle in Scotland. We got the bug to see more ruins, and Hailes Abbey happened to be near us on one leg of our trip. The abbey is very different - relatively little is left. However, what is still standing is lovely. Additionally, the groundskeepers keep the site very well maintained... More 

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