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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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I had preconceptions about this site having crowdfunded some digs here, in many ways the reality was more impressive. The site is owned by a music trust so we had the added bonus... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Martin H
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Stockport, United Kingdom
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Leiston, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A lovely little place to take the children. Great piece of history on the outskirts of Leiston, Kids loved it and it's FREE. Free parking as well :) Can get around most of it with a pushchair, although there are some steps up to a viewing platform for better views over the surroundings.

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Thank MillbandM
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well worth a visit to see what this religious site which dates back hundreds of years looks like. Great for kids to roam in the grounds, and it FREE! Kids will love it..

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Thank jason p
Stockport, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had preconceptions about this site having crowdfunded some digs here, in many ways the reality was more impressive. The site is owned by a music trust so we had the added bonus of some chamber music drifting over the site when we were there. You can also go above ground level at one point which gives an unusual perspective.... More 

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Thank Martin H
Essex, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Leiston Abbey is one of the many English Heritage sites benefiting from several visits. Bleak and unwelcoming in winter with mud sticking like clods. In the summer tranquil and with the prospect of hearing a violin or trumpet being played by students in the adjacent music school. Spend a little time here and return to see something more.

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Thank Stephen B
Lowestoft, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

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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Thank andersonjames22
London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

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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Thank KAW687
Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

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 June 21, 2016 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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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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