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Address: Theberton, Leiston IP16 4TD, England
Phone Number: 01728 831354
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The ruins of a 12th-century abbey built by the Premonstratensian Order of...

The ruins of a 12th-century abbey built by the Premonstratensian Order of Canons.

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Beautiful ruins, definitely worth a visit.

We made a detour to visit Leiston abbey and we're really glad we did. The place is so peaceful, we had the place to ourselves for most of our visit. The site is extensive and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
1066girl
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Lowestoft, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Really great place. wander about in the abbey ruins and let your imagination run wild. It must have been magnificent in it's day

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Impressive ruins surrounded by some dilapidated modern buildings in the ownership of a music trust which seems to have deserted them. A barn offering weddings and a locked church.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We made a detour to visit Leiston abbey and we're really glad we did. The place is so peaceful, we had the place to ourselves for most of our visit. The site is extensive and the ruins are a fantastic example of monastic architecture. I just wish the abbey was managed and cared for by English Heritage. It is such... More 

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Thank 1066girl
Colchester, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Such a beautiful abbey which would of been magnificent in its prime, a huge area with mainly ruins but parts are still in use by what seems to be a music school! Good information around the site explaining what would have been where & the history behind the site. Brilliant free attraction.

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Thank Joely M
Weston super Mare, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

This English Heritage property is a real find. The mainly 14C remains are one of Suffolks most impressive monastic ruins, with some marvellous architectural features. It was formerly known as St. Mary's Abbey which was founded in 1182 by Ranulf de Glanville, Lord Chief Justice to Henry 11. Following the dissolution of the monasteries in 1536 the Abbey was granted... More 

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Thank 01JanetS
Rouen, Haute-Normandie, France
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016

As most abbeys in UK, there are only ruins to be seen - the site is aimed at history lovers. I am occasionally guiding tourists in a (well preserved) medieval abbey, hence I could make a flight of fantasy in the past of that Premonstrerian outfit (the Premontré order). For non-familiar visitors, there are a few informative panels.

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Thank Paul R
Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016

We were married at Leiston Abbey on 23 April. The ruins provided a fantastic backdrop for our wedding photos. We held our reception and stayed overnight at the music school that shares the site at Leiston Abbey and they couldn't have been more helpful in providing the wedding that we wanted. Fantastic value for money, excellent food, really nice staff,... More 

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Thank Toppleknot
Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016

We walked around after being there to see a Community Opera that our daughter and our friend had written Incredible place

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Diss
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2016

If you happen to be passing it is worth a a few minutes to explore the C14th ruins. There are a handful of signs which indicate where you would’ve been stood in the abbey chapel. There is no admission charge.

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Thank Swedishtomcat
Ipswich
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2016 via mobile

I was very disappointed there was not the on site English Heritage area. This is such a lovely structure and can have so much more focused on the history and telling the Abbey's story. Would of loved to buy a guide book on the property and an exhitib Would this is something that can develop in the future.

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