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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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Heathfield, United Kingdom
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48 reviews 48 reviews
22 attraction reviews
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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13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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133 attraction reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
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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48 reviews 48 reviews
45 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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Camberley, United Kingdom
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74 reviews 74 reviews
45 attraction reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

This Is a English Heritage Property. The Abbey was once a spectacular building that would have dwarfed properties around it. The ruins are certainly spectacular and have a lot to offer if you are a photographer. The grounds would be a great place in which to have a picnic. There are some brat features to be found in the ruins.... More

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Kent
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

I love the Old Abbey location, especially on a warm, sunny day, which seems to add something extra to this historic site. It's a great place to visit and take a picnic, as well as wandering around the ruins. It's always quiet there, with a relatively small parking area, but perhaps there would higher number of visitors if there was... More

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Whitstable, United Kingdom
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55 reviews 55 reviews
31 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

If you would like to experience tranquillity with a holy element added for good mixture then this is the place to visit. It truly is wonderful and peaceful, nice staff working at reception too and very proud. You can stroll through the ruins and enjoy every element of the environment and the historical remains; it is a favourite of mine... More

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