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Leiston Abbey

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Anthony D wrote a review Nov 2020
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Well my wife and I were visiting the local area and we had driven past the entrance to Leiston Abbey on more than one occasion without visiting - the main reason is the entrance does not really make you think it is worth visiting. Anyway, after deciding to visit we drove down the bumpy track to Leiston Abbey. At the far end of the track is a car park on the right, which is also the car park for a residential music school. There are no car park charges and there is no charge to walk around the Abbey and grounds. You can also take your dog, which was great as we had our dog with us. On getting out the car we walked to to the Abbey, which is only about 100 meters away. Be aware that most of the areas are grassed so appropriate footwear would be needed should the weather be inclement. On waking into the Abbey grounds I was immediately amazed by how big the original Abbey must have been - it must have been really impressive in its prime. The Abbey was relocated to its current location in 1363. On checking the music school website we found that the historic Abbey House is a special residential home for the music students who attend the school. The Abbey and grounds are managed by English Heritage. Be aware there are no toilets and there is no cafe etc. However, take a picnic as there are plenty of places to sit and chill - weather permitting. I would say that children would love visiting the Abbey as there are plenty of places to run around - great for hide and seek. Anyway, what an amazing building with some great history. Well worth a visit.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Stuart C wrote a review Nov 2020
Rayleigh, United Kingdom2,919 contributions287 helpful votes
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Less than a couple of miles from Leiston and just off Abbey Road this is a lovely little free to visit site. There is a small car park. The abbey sits alongside a retreat centre and a couple of the surviving buildings are used by the centre. The ruins though are free to walk around and there are information boards to tell you about the history. It’s an interesting little ruin and there is quite a lot to see. Mainly though it’s just a lovely place to stop off and stretch your legs
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Ben W wrote a review Nov 2020
Newbury, United Kingdom1,451 contributions153 helpful votes
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I have been visiting this area for years and never come across Leiston Abbey. As we were driving past we decided to pop in to take a look. An incredible ruin which gives you a good idea of the scale of the building and wealth at its heyday. Some good signs explaining the ruins too. It was pretty muddy the day we visits - so suggest wearing boots in the winter. Free car park with easy access.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Gavin F wrote a review Sep 2020
Bournemouth, United Kingdom746 contributions266 helpful votes
The size of the remaining ruin shows how magnificent the original Abbey must have been. Apparently there were only a few of these French brotherhood of monks in occupation which is surprising considering the size. This is well worth the visit. Plenty of parking and free entrance.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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GoingGuide wrote a review Jul 2020
Nottingham, United Kingdom930 contributions226 helpful votes
Set back from main road with free car parking. Free to enter. Ruins of Leinton Abbey are partly converted into a unique music school. Good signage explains how the abbey was formed. Next to it there is also a Medieval barn also used by the music school. Well worth a visit.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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