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Address: 167 North Spencer Road, Spencer, MA
Phone Number: 508-885-8700

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Peaceful Place

Have lived in central Massachusetts for much of my life and I had never been to the Abbey. I finally made it a priority to visit and I am so glad I did. When I drove up the hill... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 22, 2015
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Vallensbaek Municipality, Denmark
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

We are not Catholic, but have heard of the marmalade from the Abbey and that it was made at a monastery with really monks, so at a sonny day in April we went to Spencer. The monastery is beautiful placed on the top of a hill surrounded by green fields. At first glance the monastery seemed small but as you... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Have lived in central Massachusetts for much of my life and I had never been to the Abbey. I finally made it a priority to visit and I am so glad I did. When I drove up the hill and saw the beautiful Abbey I couldn't believe this hidden gem is located in Spencer, MA. Such a wonderful place to... More 

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Fair Oaks, California
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73 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

You wind up the road to the Abbey, 20 miles an hour, surrounded by dense forest and suddenly there are meadows and a huge stone chapel. It's silent, it's gorgeous, it's peaceful. Stay for a moment or more, then chat with wonderful Fr. Thomas Aquinas at the gift shop, serving the Trappists for over 60 years. He's delightful, good sales... More 

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Granville, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 via mobile

We visited this Catholic monastery hoping to look at the Spencer brewery, making the first and only Trappist ale outside Belgium. Sadly, no tours are allowed as the abbey brothers are cloistered. Hence, while everyone was quite friendly and the grounds were beautiful, there was not much open for viewing. A visitors chapel allows a limited look at the inside... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Beautiful church beautiful views. Went to the gift shop to start then up to the abbey church. Purchased the whipped cinnamon honey. Wonderful. Stopped by the spirit stir and bought the trappist beer made at the abbey. It is amust purchase

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Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Nice grounds, nice church. Quiet, peaceful Have a gift shop with lots of catholic literature. This is where the monks make their Trappist ale, you cannot go to the Brewery, but it is made here.

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Wakefield, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Made a brief visit on a gorgeous late-summer day. Gift shop yielded cards, caramels and honey. Beautiful grounds. Friends stopped in at chapel; I enjoyed the hill-top view. And now I know where my delicious raspberry jam is made!

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Cambridge, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Beautiful pastoral scenery with access to the monestary chapel for quiet contemplation. Clergy were friendly and helpful. I have always loved their jams and am looking forward to tasting their ale.

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

A sacred site with old world ambience, surrounded by lovely hills and woods. Also boasts a fine religious bookstore...and have you ever tried their beer?

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

A beautiful view on any day, but expecially in fall and winter, the Abbey offers quiet walks, a visitor's chapel where several services are held during the day, and a gift shop that offers everything one needs to maintain their spirituality. They also offer foodstuffs such as their world famous jams and jellies, fudge, and other treats from other Trappist... More 

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