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Address: | Near Winchcombe, Cheltenham GL54 5PB, England
Phone Number: +44 1242 602398
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Ancient Ruins

Took the grandchildren there when on the way to Broadway.A pleasant time spent looking around. Quite easy to find and very educational for all ages.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Took the grandchildren there when on the way to Broadway.A pleasant time spent looking around. Quite easy to find and very educational for all ages.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After visiting Hailes Church, from what we read from the National Trust book, we thought this must be just a small ruined Abbey. But this was really a very peaceful place, and a lot of past to learn about this Hailes Abbey. Even though it was not a lot of things left to see at this site but this site... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First when driving to the site, beware the bridge on the country lane as it's a blind, and you can't see approaching traffic so drive slow, beyond the bridge the lane is narrow so beware of oncoming traffic as passing is tight. Free parking outside the church (on left) and next to the museum (on right). Take a bit of... More 

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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Though it lacks the impressive ruins of sites such as Whitby and Rievaulx, Hailes Abbey provides a peaceful and relaxing place to spend an hour or two. Free entry for both English Heritage and National Trust members - otherwise just under £15 for a family ticket. Though there isn't a lot left standing, there is plenty to see and -... More 

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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a pleasant, peaceful place to visit particularly after a morning in the overcrowded and overrated Bourton-on-the-Water. It was lovely to wander around the abbey ruins and sit in the sunshine. The staff were friendly and the exhibits were informative and interesting. We all enjoyed the visit.

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Virginia, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This abbey was established by King John,s Son Richard in and around 1245 to 1250 for the Cistercian Monks Richard and his 2nd wife are buried here near the presbytery, Supposley Richard brought a vial of Christ blood to be placed in the Abbey when he came back from one of the Crusade's The village of Haile is and ancient... More 

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Nuneaton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here as an extra after visiting the nearby Sudeley castle. We are English heritage members so free entry. Polite staff on entrance offered free audio guide, we opted out. Plaques throughout with some basic information. Not a huge amount left standing, although ground stones give the floor structure. Nice for a short visit of 45 mins while we wandered... More 

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St. Asaph, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hailes Abbey is an English Heritage property which National Trust members can visit as part of their subscription fee. It is well worth paying the small fee to hire cassette players and listen to the description of the Abbey with a Hailes Abbey monk explaining the daily life of the Abbey and its eventual demise. The church opposite the Abbey... More 

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Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Little known by most and does not compare to the likes of Tintern Abbey, but nevertheless worth a visit. impressive ruins of the former abbey, peaceful walks and a great place for a picnic.

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Moscow, Russia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

These ruins are not as extensive or haunting as Tintern Abbey, but I feel like I learned more at this location. If you have time, pick up the audio tour and explore the ruins for an hour to 90 minutes. Otherwise, come in and look at the placards explaining the unique history of the abbey, including its famous - discredited... More 

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