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Hailes Abbey

Address: Winchcombe, Gloucester GL54 5PB, England
Phone Number: 44 1242 602398
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Ranked #12 of 35 Attractions in Gloucester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Missions, Specialty Museums, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Missions, Specialty Museums, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
23 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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281 attraction reviews
266 helpful votes 266 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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274 reviews 274 reviews
133 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 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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65 reviews 65 reviews
19 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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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
25 helpful votes 25 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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Bedford, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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