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Bayham Old Abbey

Lamberhurst, Royal Tunbridge Wells, England
01892 890381
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Type: Ancient Ruins
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TWells
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161 reviews 161 reviews
62 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Not much here though. The ruins are fine for 10 minutes and the surrounding countryside is pretty. But, a place to stop off at on the way somewhere as it's really less than 45 minutes before you wonder 'what's next'.

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Tunbridge Wells
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5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Although not a large site this beautiful, somewhat forgotten place is the site of what was, before the Dissolution of the Monasteries one of the most influential monastery in the south east of England. The extant remains of the Abbey are testement to an earlier glory and its pece and tranquility transport the visitor to a place quite other worldly.

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

A wonderful place to visit with extremely helpful staff. A great sense of peacefulness with wonderfully impressive ruins. Amazed by the tree growing from the high altar. Well worth seeking out on a fine day.

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Heathfield, United Kingdom
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Having been given an English Heritage pass, we are trying to see as many local attractions as we can so we visited Bayham Old Abbey on the Kent-Sussex border. We were amazed that on a Saturday Bank Holiday weekend we were the only ones there. The ruins are well preserved and one can imagine what it must have been like... More

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Pleasanton, California
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4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

One of our favorite spots to take photos. Very romantic ruins against a wide sky. Beautiful spot on a sunny day and very dramatic when clouds are overhead. Don't miss the gnarled tree growing out of the wall behind the high altar.

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Some of the best experiences are the unexpected ones and we had no idea that Bayham Old Abbey existed until we drove past it. While having fewer standing remains that some of the great abbey of the north (eg Furness or Fountains), what is there is impressive enough including three arched windows of unusual size in the nave of the... More

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Key West, Florida
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17 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

I drove past and then decided to stop and rat our picnic here. What a beautiful place to eat it! Great for photography and look for the tree growing out of the ruins. There is no cafe or anything but there are toilets and plenty of picnic areas. There were so few people there it felt as though we had... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We always try to find places we haven't visited in the area and this is one I have been driving past for most of my life and never visited. We were travelling back to Hastings after visiting Scotney castle and decided to pay a visit since it was a beautiful day. You access the abbey by a small lane, we... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

If you are looking for a day full of noise and excitement this is not for you. However, if you are after an hour of intrigue and marvel at a wonderfully preserved structure, then this for you. There are a couple of sections to the ruins. We were there for about an hour and were the only visitors. Wonderfully peaceful,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Perfect spot on a sunny day to have a picnic and wander around the ruins. Lots of sketching opportunities too! Not too busy and good fun for all ages to explore.

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