St. Augustine's Abbey
St. Augustine's Abbey
4.5
Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Sharon S
Newport, UK280 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
It’s around £10 entry each to access the Abby remains and a few artefacts in the reception area. There are information boards and audio if required at various points telling the history. It also has burial tombs of ancient Kings and St Augustine. As it’s outside you will need a dry day and flat shoes. The tour took under an hour but if you like ancient ruins and history it’s worth a visit
Written November 22, 2022
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YsanneB
Brighton, UK72 contributions
Aug 2020
English Heritage site well laid out with explanatory panels and an audio guide (only downloadable at present) very helpful staff. Also with a small well set out museum en site. Together with the cathedral and St Martins (currently closed because of the virus) a World Heritage site. The guide book is also worthwhile and if you can find it the Batsford English Heritage book ed Richard Gem (now out of print) if you want to go into more detail. Allow a couple of hours to get the best out of it. Also ask about directions to the conduit house which is nearby. Note that at present entry is by pre-booked timed ticket only (free to members).
Written September 2, 2020
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KTaylor
8 contributions
Aug 2020
We are English Heritage members and visited St Augustine's Abbey as part of our 'staycation' with a 10 year old and a 13 year old. Some interactive aspects of the museum have been removed due to covid restrictions but it is still informative with enough to entertain a 10 and 13 year old on their first visit. It was my partner's first visit and he was surprised by both the scale of the Abbey and the amount of ruins still standing - you definitely leave with a clear sense of what was once there. I was also impressed by the free audio guide, accessible via a QR code on your phone. A peaceful way to learn about an important part of Kent's history and while away an hour or so.
Written August 5, 2020
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Andy P
Bognor Regis, UK78 contributions
Sep 2020
Having visited Canterbury Cathedral the previous day, our visit to St Augustine's didn't disappoint and improved our understanding of the historical events which took place in Canterbury.

The site was much larger than expected, with a museum and plenty of information boards as we walked round the ruins. We were able to download an audio guide via a QR Code reader on our smartphone, which provided further information.
Written September 29, 2020
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Lars B
Norwich, UK13 contributions
Sep 2020 • Solo
I was wondering if there would be much to see here when I planned to visit the abbey but I found it engaging and spent over an hour on site. The museum as you entered was a good start. The member of staff was friendly and pointed out you could download an audio guide with a QR code. Handy during covid times. Thankfully I had my ear buds in my pocket as the guide made the visit worth while supplying me with enough info to make it an enjoyable experience that I think without it would have been a quick 20 min stroll around some ruins reading the odd info board as I went by.
My advise. Take your earphones, download the guide and it will make the experiment a lot more immersive.
More places could follow suit with this as reading a long guide in the cathedral meant I was looking around less and sitting down to read more.
Written September 23, 2020
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Nicky712
Spalding, UK240 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
The entrance is tucked away but following English Heritage signage. Initially we found what we thought was the abbey with lots of private, no entry signs around the corner from the actual English Heritage site. Being able to download the audio guide on our website phones was helpful but does use up battery power! However, I feel the audio guide is needed to make sense of the ruins & get the most from your visit. It isn’t a long visit, an hour at most, making the admission charge pricey but luckily we had English Heritage membership.
Written October 26, 2021
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JMW047
Ipswich, UK8 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
A fascinating site with a powerful role in early Medieval Christian history in Britain. Do be prepared that mostly only ground level ruins remain. These do at least remain clear on the impressive scale of the lost structure. More could be done to bring this alive to all age groups. Unfortunately a number of the description plaques are in disrepair. However there were very helpful and knowledgeable staff on site to make up for this in part. An audio guide is a available but this is delivered through QR codes, not provided headsets, so visitors will need to be prepared for this. The outdoor ruins will take roughly 30 minutes to view in full at a moderate pace. The visitor centre is more engaging and illustrative. Although it is relatively limited in size and shouldn’t take more than 15-20 minutes.
Written January 23, 2022
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Lee-Anne B
Maidstone, UK243 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
Visited here today with my husband. The museum is great and the grounds are fascinating. We spent an hour there.
I recommend you use the QR scanner and listen to the audio guide on your phone ( covid safe).
Written August 29, 2020
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John S
Peterborough, UK71 contributions
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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Atlanshia
Rochester, UK69 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
We visited this site after happening upon it a few days prior on a drive through the area. It looked quite small on the way in and we were concerned that it wouldn’t take to long.

But those fears were unfounded. The museum was informative and interactive (as much as it could be), the staff were friendly and helpful, the grounds were well maintained and cared for and the reins were lovely, it was beautiful and sobering to walk around history and imagine what life was like for the monks and people of the area who worshipped here.

The burial places of the kings of Kent, were impressive too.

Well worth a visit to these beautiful parts of history.
Written July 29, 2020
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