Had it not been for the grumpy woman who sold us our tickets, I would undoubtedly have graded this attraction "excellent". She was still off hand when I came back later to ask about an exhibition. Everywhere else we encountered first class service.
I was particularly impressed by the tour of the abbey where our knowledgeable and amusing guide opened our eyes to the history of the place and what it took to be a monk here over succeeding centuries. Through periods of austerity and greed: of wealth and abandonment the abbey survived to be rescued in the nick of time 100 years ago by the family that still owns it today.
There is a surprisingly good restaurant with friendly and attentive staff and overall I thought the place represented good value for money. You pay a supplement to enter the terraced garden through a turnstile and while this gives fine views of the abbey, the content hardly justifies the price.
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