St Catherine's Chapel
St Catherine's Chapel
4.5
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • julie038
    Newport, United Kingdom27 contributions
    St Catherine's Chapel
    It was very windy, raining and very cold, but a good experience. On a good day the views would be stunning in all directions. I thought may be there would be some artefacts in the building as services are held there on occasions. It must be a wonderful atmosphere for the Christmas procession lit with candles. There are also some very interesting barrows in walking distance and neolithic stones. Well worth a visit.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 1, 2023
  • janetgonegardening
    Dorchester, United Kingdom282 contributions
    A bit of a hike but worth it
    Really interesting, the interior is well preserved considering although some of the windows have been given added protection from the wind. Externally it looks very different from the sea side to what it looks like from the village. It was a very hot day but once we had walked into the village and up to the Chapel we found ourselves quite exposed to the breezes and much cooler. The views from up by the Chapel are wonderful even on a hot and hazy day so they must be amazing on a really clear day.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 13, 2023
  • Sarah B
    Teignmouth, United Kingdom267 contributions
    A stunning and historic landmark of the beautiful Dorset coast.
    Beautiful setting for this ancient chapel. It really stands out on the hilltop, with the sea as a backdrop. A pleasant stroll to the top of the hill, from which there are magnificent views of this gorgeous county. The chapel is a stunning medieval structure but is stark on the inside and not regularly used these days (so don't expect a sit down when you get there). This is an iconic landmark of the Dorset coast and well worth a visit.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written January 20, 2024
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janetgonegardening
Dorchester, UK282 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
Really interesting, the interior is well preserved considering although some of the windows have been given added protection from the wind. Externally it looks very different from the sea side to what it looks like from the village. It was a very hot day but once we had walked into the village and up to the Chapel we found ourselves quite exposed to the breezes and much cooler. The views from up by the Chapel are wonderful even on a hot and hazy day so they must be amazing on a really clear day.
Written September 13, 2023
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Sarah B
Teignmouth, UK267 contributions
Nov 2023 • Solo
Beautiful setting for this ancient chapel. It really stands out on the hilltop, with the sea as a backdrop. A pleasant stroll to the top of the hill, from which there are magnificent views of this gorgeous county. The chapel is a stunning medieval structure but is stark on the inside and not regularly used these days (so don't expect a sit down when you get there). This is an iconic landmark of the Dorset coast and well worth a visit.
Written January 20, 2024
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ian B
Durham, UK48 contributions
Sep 2020
Short walk to and around this chapel.
Car park just near swan inn is good starting point for the walk.
Walk through village to spar shop and turn onto path up to church.
Short walk through some houses and path then presents itself. Short uphill walk through gate leads to chapel.
Often a few people out, so not always easy to get a good photo, but worth persevering.
Very windy up on top of hill when we visited, which got worse nearer to sea you got. Some fantastic views past chapel.
Option to return to town for a coffee, or go further up south west coast walk round plantation and then back to town.
Plenty of coffee/ tea shops in the village, which is very pretty with thatched roof cottages an a couple of pubs.
Great place to visit.
Written September 27, 2020
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AJMacD
London, UK468 contributions
Aug 2020
Driving East along the road, there is a point where you come over the hill and are faced with a stunning vista over Chesil Beach with what looked like a castle at the top of a hill. We stopped in Abbotsbury and walked up to see it and it turned out to be this chapel. Once there you have more great views over Chesil Beach and also looking back to Abbotsbury.
Written September 3, 2020
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filemakers
Chippenham, UK89 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
This was a shortish walk you from the high street. Park near the SPA and walk up the track next to it. The chapel is at the top and worth the short hike. The views are beautiful and the chapel has some history documented on the outer boards.

Nice view and get some steps in :-) 100% Free
Written August 8, 2020
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Marlbop31
London, UK70 contributions
Sep 2020
Best views in Dorset! A steep climb up the hill to St Catherine's Chapel is well worth it - the views along the coast are fabulous. From Portland Lighthouse down past Lyme Bay towards Berry Head (on a clear day).
A plea from villagers in Abbotsbury: please don't park on West Street or in the village but use the Village Car Park (next to the Swan Inn)
Written September 18, 2020
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tinaglees0n
Kent, UK45 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
Parked in the ample car park in Abbotsbury, large map of the area in the car park telling you exactly where everything of interest is which was very helpful. Beautiful little village, found the path to the chapel very easily but the hike up there is quite steep and hard work but it was worth it. Beautiful little chapel, so peaceful and quiet. We had the place to ourselves and had a lovely time admiring the views, you can literally see for miles and miles. A lovely place to relax. There are lots of places to eat in the village and well maintained public toilets.
Written March 31, 2019
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Alison Q
Rayleigh, UK87 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
We walked up here with our 3 yr old. It was beautiful. Really atmospheric. The walk is easy going with no steep inclines and the view is beautiful! We parked in the village car park then walked up the track to the side of the post office. The church is empty but still worth a look.
Written August 10, 2018
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preglad
New York3,531 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
There are a few commercial endeavors associated with Abbotsbury the at various stages of life hold appeal to particular audiences. We were largely less interested in those, but found Abbotsbury village itself, including vistas and aura around St Catherine, a fully worthy stop for a walkabout.

Abbotsbury for us is much recommended beyond its more heralded and commercially oriented tourist attractions! For some, it's well worth a go despite those latter aspects.
Written July 16, 2018
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Richycarthorse
Dorchester, UK22 contributions
Aug 2016 • Family
Wonderful views of the stunning Dorset coast and countryside together with an amazing survivor of the reformation. If possible arrange a trip up in the tower where one of a very few altars missed in England by the agents of Henry the eighth still survives.
Written August 11, 2016
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