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St. Augustine's Abbey

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Address: Longport | Winter opening hours- only open Saturday and Sunday 10am - 4pm, Canterbury CT1 1PF, England
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In 597 AD Pope Gregory the great sent a monk, Augustine, on a missionary to England. Augustine established his seat and monastery in Canterbury and became England's first... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Disappointed that as an English Heritage member, there was no free parking. Suggest that visitors use car park opposite as this is cheaper than the spaces available adjacent to the abbey and allows a longer period if you want to explore Canterbury after your visit to the Abbey. Refreshments are via a coffee machine, but there is a wonderful cafe... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

In 597 AD Pope Gregory the great sent a monk, Augustine, on a missionary to England. Augustine established his seat and monastery in Canterbury and became England's first Archbishop. The Abbey is currently open at weekends only, however you can veiw from the outside. Best car park is Quening carpark and Abbey is opposite.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A smal museum of the Abbey of St Austine and extensive grounds where some remains are visible, Gift shop and refreshments available. Run by English Heritage. Entry fee aplies.

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017

How could it not be? Augustine was ordered to bring the Roman Christianity to England and events were set in train to produce what we now call the Augustine site. But let me explain: Ethelbert married Bertha and this is the real start of the ecclesiastical story of Canterbury. Ethelbert, so the story goes, regarded Bertha as part of the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2017

It was founded shortly after AD 597 by St Augustine. it is part of the Canterbury World Heritage Site, along with the cathedral and St Martin's Church. The impressive abbey is situated outside the city walls and is sometimes missed by visitors. At the abbey, you can also enjoy the museum and free audio tour. Further if you go, you... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2016

Sadly there is little left of this monastery that sits at the back of the Canterbury Cathedral built in the 14th century but it is worth a visit and you might imagine what it looked like back when was operating.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2016

We could see what we wanted to see at the Abbey without paying the entry fee. We asked if we could have a look in the shop and were told we had to pay a fee to enter the shop as a museum was attached, so we left.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2016

We didn't think we'd be visiting the ruins very long but ended up there about 2 hours. It has an interesting history and is well presented.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

Although a great deal of it is in ruins (thanks to Henry VIII and the local people who 're-cycled' the stones for other building projects), it conveys a very tranquil feeling, and the grounds are large and what remains of the buildings enables one to be able to conjecture what it must have been like Pre-Reformation

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

Close to Canterbury Centre and worth including in your visit to explore Canterbury. Parking close by is a bit pricey or take the Park and Ride at £3 per car. On site shop, loos and good exhibition of artifacts relevant to the Abbey. The site itself is open and the remains of the Abbey are part excavated. Good interpretation boards... More 

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