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Address: Theberton, Leiston IP16 4TD, England
Phone Number: 01728 831354
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The ruins of a 12th-century abbey built by the Premonstratensian Order...

The ruins of a 12th-century abbey built by the Premonstratensian Order of Canons.

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Pretty site

Visited quite as after thought with some spare time after visiting other sites. Arrived early evening and no one was around so we had it to ourselves. Was surprised as not quite... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 20, 2015
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English first
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68 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Visited quite as after thought with some spare time after visiting other sites. Arrived early evening and no one was around so we had it to ourselves. Was surprised as not quite as ruinous as had expected for a non paying site. Nice photo opportunities and quite atmospheric as dusk settled in. No information available really so just enjoyed our... More 

Thank Raggle123
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50 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

This amazing old abbey is not particularly well known but is in a reasonable state of repair if that isn't overstating something of this age but wonderful to look at the flint construction in detail. A work of art in it's own right. Well worth a visit.

Thank bazatpond
Norwich, England, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

These monastic ruins, known then as St Mary's Abbey, date back to 1182 at Minsmere although the only remains of the old position is the Abbey chapel. Today the relics are mostly 14th century and stand at Theberton Leiston. Surrounded by fields and caught by a soft early evening light in late summer, the ruins are most impressive. Much of... More 

Thank Margaret C
Cambridge, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

Worth a visit but no guides to explain the ruins. Would of been nice to learn about the history as such a beautiful abbey.

Thank MEL B
Cambridge England
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141 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
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 :-)

Thank MistressWeatherwax
London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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.

Thank SteveM2015
Brighton, England, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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 

Thank Nelliot-newman
Lee-on-the-Solent, United Kingdom
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67 reviews
34 attraction reviews
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 

Thank Jackie L
Ipswich, United Kingdom
1 review
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!

Thank Simon O
Adelaide, Australia
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271 reviews
139 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
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 

Thank Aussiegirl64

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