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Address: Theberton, Leiston IP16 4TD, England
Phone Number: 01728 831354
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
Aussiegirl64
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Adelaide, Australia
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Lee-on-the-Solent, United Kingdom
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67 reviews 67 reviews
34 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 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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120 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 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 

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Suffolk, England
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152 reviews 152 reviews
42 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 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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16 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
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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76 reviews 76 reviews
37 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
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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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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Saxmundham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Visited in august absolutely stunning place, sun was out and weather was beautiful. Smell of the freshly cut grass by the very handsome young man made it a perfect summers day. Could do with a little cafe/shop to stop and eat. Highly recommended especially just to see the young man who was on the lawn mower :)

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Basildon, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

I was staying in Aldeburgh (Business and Leisure) and went to visit the Abbey on a Tuesday morning. I had the whole place to myself!. it is very impressive, atmospheric even. If you are looking for interactive displays and gift shops, this is not for you. Just a nice, calm, historic building for you to wander around at your leisure.... More 

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Chatham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

Visited the ruins by day earlier this week and our kids thought, what a fantastic place for Halloween. Absolutely stunning by day with lots of interesting facts to learn about it's history. Went along at dusk on 31st Oct with the kids dressed up and we were spooking them around all the dark corners. The lure of trick or trick... More 

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