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Hailes Abbey

Winchcombe, Gloucester GL54 5PB, England
44 1242 602398
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Ranked #3 of 16 Activities in Gloucester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Specialty Museums, Missions
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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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27 attraction reviews
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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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Bedford, United Kingdom
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9 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We arrived in the warm sunshine, a family of four - two adults, an 8 & 10 year old. The grounds are immaculate and well cared for. We picked up the audi tour and kiddies picture 'treasure' hunt sheet andstarted our tour. The audio tour is free to members or £1. The tour takes you from locatin to location in... More

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Moreton-in-Marsh, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We visited on a baking hot day but still spent an hour or more going from room to almost invisible room, listening to the monks on our audio guide telling us all about the abbey, the Benedictine rule and their lives in the 16th century. Apparently this site, now no more than a tracing of low wall remains in most... More

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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39 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

This is a ruin of an Abbey, dating from 1250. The audio tour gives a good guide as you walk around, although the boards that are also up give a good amount of detail. There is also a Museum on-site and a small shop. It is set in a peaceful and quiet setting and is a nice place to visit... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Right on the Cotswold Way but also accessible by car, the Abbey ruins are impressive and interesting, made the more so by the audio tour. The location is peaceful and it is easy to imagine the monks laboring the fields or walking through the ruins. The audio tour was well done, though a bit long, and the small museum had... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Compared with better-known abbeys, the ruins are a bit underwhelming although much of the cloister survives and the small site museum has some first-rate tiles and sculpture. What makes this place a joy to visit on a sunny day is, as other reviewers have mentioned, its exceptionally peaceful surroundings in glorious countryside. Although the main areas are clear, the outer... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Excellent audio guide- make sure that you ask for one! Really informative. Really lovely spot for a picnic too!

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Nantwich, United Kingdom
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49 reviews 49 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

We were lucky to call on a sunny afternoon which added to the beautiful tranquil surroundings.You must hire the audio guide as the monk explains all about the abbey and thereway of life,very interesting.The museum is good and the shop selling jams and relishes was excellent. A lovely way to spend a copuple of hours. Dennis W

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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46 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

A peaceful and historic place to visit.Interesting and with plenty of space for young ones to run about.Though I would say most suitable for a fine weather visit.Small museum and shop also on. site.

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