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Address: Theberton, Leiston IP16 4TD, England
Phone Number: 01728 831354
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Description: The ruins of a 12th-century abbey built by the Premonstratensian Order of...
The ruins of a 12th-century abbey built by the Premonstratensian Order of Canons.
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Worth a quick visit for interesting history

I agree with other reviewers that there's not enough to see for a special daytrip to this place, but as international visitors it was worth popping in as we were in the area, and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 17, 2015
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Cambridge England
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

4th visit this time to show a friend round the area. Very quiet and atmospheric. Grassed so be careful ladies wearing heels :-)

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Really pretty, well kept ruin of a pre-Tudor abbey with helpful signage showing how the monks used to live. Visited it on a rainy misty day which made it all the more atmospheric.

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Brighton, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

We stopped off here for a short visit and my three year old loved running around in the long grass in and out of the ruins. Plenty of opportunities for hide and seek, lots of native wildflowers and tranquil surroundings. You need your imagination, putting yourself into the lives of the monks who were fortunate enough to live their lives... More 

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Lee-on-the-Solent, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Easy to find: ruins visible from the road, and signposted along a potholed but straight track with space to pass. There is a car park, but it was full of cars when we arrived, because workers were rethatching the large barn nearby. We squeezed onto a patch of grass next to the abbey ruins. There is no charge and the... More 

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Take your imagination with you on a visit to Leiston Abbey and you're sure to enjoy the haunting and atmospheric walk around it's ruins. Even on a cold overcast February day we found it a very enchanting and peaceful place; we could definitely envisage another age with just the slightest application of our imagination, truly a very special place!

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

I agree with other reviewers that there's not enough to see for a special daytrip to this place, but as international visitors it was worth popping in as we were in the area, and entry and parking are free-of-charge. Still OK to visit even on a cold rainy winters day (but maybe wear your wellies - grassy and a bit... More 

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Suffolk, England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Having seen signs of this English Heritage site from the main road, decided to make a special visit, Absolutely intriguing place situated down private lane to what is described as the largest monastic site in Suffolk dating from 14th century. Huge monastery built in varied materials salvaged from original 12th century monastery of Minsmere. Has remains of the original choir... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Not much remains of this abbey. Remnants of walls... a few arches. We cycled from a nearby holiday spot to have a look at what English Heritage define as "...one of Suffolk's most impressive monastic ruins". Being an EH site, I would have expected more information and signage around. There was very little to read or discover. Obviously you don't... More 

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Watford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Leiston Abbey, in Suffolk, England, was formerly known as St Mary's Abbey , was transferred to Leiston,The order of the Abbey was a House of Augustinian Canons Regular who followed the Premonstratensian rule. Unlike monks, their main duties were preaching and pastoral work. Following the dissolution normally you see only ruins , its nice here to see a part re... More 

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Hastings, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 via mobile

Visited on a hot day in July. Stunning ruins with simple but informative boards as you wander round. It is an English heritage site but we didn't have to pay. There is a cafe with drinks and ice creams. Certainly worth a visit if you are in the area.

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