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Hailes Abbey

Winchcombe, Gloucester GL54 5PB, England
44 1242 602398
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Ranked #4 of 13 activities in Gloucester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Specialty Museums, Missions
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English first
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

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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Bristol
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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Bham
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59 reviews 59 reviews
18 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
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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40 reviews 40 reviews
9 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
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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69 reviews 69 reviews
24 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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London
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Pretty spot with ruins of the abbey to wander around; good audio guide with lots of interesting historical information.

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Dursley, United Kingdom
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53 reviews 53 reviews
41 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

An amazing example of an abbey dissolved by Henry VIII but still having walls and outlines of the old buildings clearly visible. There is an interesting exhibition and guidebook but for a more in-depth guide make sure you take an audio guide from the shop. You are 'guided' round by 'a monk' from the old abbey but the slightly whimsical... More

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London, United Kingdom
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8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

We visited Hailes Abbey ruins April 17th. We were going to Gloucestershire to tour Sudeley Castle and I looked to see other points of interest in the area. I was excited to see that Hailes Abbey ruins were just 3 miles up the road from the castle. The GPS did a good job of getting us to the road it... More

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Gloucester, England, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
5 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

There's really not much of the Abbey left so there's little to see. English Heritage have tried their level best but really it's just a nice spot for a picnic and the starting place for some lovely walks

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Buckingham, United Kingdom
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30 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

Visited on a Sunday of a Bank Holiday weekend when the weather was great. So a real joy to find hardly anyone there. No problem finding a bench to sit on and the lack of noise added to the tranquil setting. Glorious. And a real bonus to find it is free for National Trust members as well as English Heritage.

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