St. Augustine's Abbey

St. Augustine's Abbey, Canterbury

St. Augustine's Abbey
4.5
Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Debbie b
3 contributions
Hidden gem
Jul 2021 • Friends
Lovely piece of tranquility hidden in Canterbury.
A great place to go for a step back in time, enjoy the peace of the ruins and gardens.
Special mention to Sally who was very friendly and knowledgeable!
Written July 25, 2021
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HilaryW971
Norwich, UK281 contributions
Well worth a visit
Jul 2021
Use your imagination to transport yourself back to 597 when Augustine came to Canterbury. The site is very well maintained and it is a moving experience to stand in the nave of what was once Augustine's first church. We had a warm welcome and there is information as you walk around. The ambiance was slightly affected by the loud music coming from end of term celebrations at the nearby school but that was nothing to do with the site. The museum is also well worth a visit.
Written July 21, 2021
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A Midlife Adventure
Dursley, UK774 contributions
This is where St Augustus founded christianity in this country, a significant part of our history
Jul 2021
The ruins of the abbey are not as vast as Glastonbury Abbey but armed with the phone guide you get at reception it was interesting to stop at each way point and listen to the story of the abbey.
The abbey was probably founded in 598 and consisted of an inner precinct containing the abbey's main buildings and cemetery, and an outer precinct containing vineyards, orchards and gardens. Building of the main church, dedicated to St Peter and St Paul, started almost immediately.
It is a real piece of history
Written July 10, 2021
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Mike C
Guildford, UK1,044 contributions
Ruins but well worth a visit
Jun 2021
These are outside the main area of the City but we parked right in a car park right near them and this was our first stop of the day exploring Canterbury.

This is all outdoors and a nice and interesting area to look around with good history.
Written July 3, 2021
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Garynd881
Leicester, UK24 contributions
Expensive
Jul 2021
I know this is a site of great importance and absolutely accept that it needs preserving but at £7.90 to get in I thought it was too expensive. The museum is very small. The information boards around the site are good but I feel either a site map or direction indicators would improve the experience. As for the ruins themselves, well they are...ruins, and there are not a lot of them to see. Definitely not a wasted hour but an expensive one.
Written July 3, 2021
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John S
Peterborough, UK52 contributions
A well spent hour
May 2021
Visited Canterbury for BH weekend and in our naivite assumed we would be able to visit the Cathedral particularly as we are all stalwarts of the faith , alas short of a word from him upstairs it was a no go without booking so called in here instead. Our disappointment soon waned as the abbey ruins and museum proved to be a worthy alternative for a sunny Sunday. Possiblybeven haunted !!
Written June 1, 2021
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Janet F
Folkestone, UK39 contributions
Fascinating glimpse into an ancient monastery
May 2021 • Couples
Really enjoyed our trip to St Augustine’s Abbey.
Interesting ruins with great guidance. Audio guide available on smart phone was very informative and had amusing stories about unexpected behaviour by the monks!
The museum part not yet open due to COVID restrictions, but looks worth another visit. Very helpful staff with useful tips about other sights in Canterbury.
This was a great way to spend a couple of hours.
Written May 14, 2021
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RCL222
Canterbury, UK60 contributions
A beautiful place to visit
Jul 2020 • Solo
I always enjoy visiting this old monastery and take photos to share on social media so others can enjoy it too
Written December 5, 2020
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Steve P
Wallasey, UK32 contributions
History trek
Oct 2020 • Couples
Loved this abbey full of hidden secrets such as st Augustines grave and the information board was so easy to read and understand you could visualise yourself back there, the staff were friendly and helpful too
Written October 26, 2020
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VANDICARLTON
uk141 contributions
Lots of history with informative story boards. Enjoyed more than the Cathedral.
Sep 2020
Looking at ruins and trying to picture what it would have looked like is always difficult but there was sufficient there to help your imagination. Also had a ‘spiritual’ feeling about it. Internal exhibits interesting too.
Written October 20, 2020
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