Dorchester Abbey
History Museums • Churches & Cathedrals
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Dorchester Abbey is a significant historic building, having been a place of worship, witness and pilgrimage for more than a millennium. It has a unique C13th sculptural stained glass Jesse Window, an C11th lead font and C14th wall paintings. A Museum and Tea Room is open from April to September. Tours available (see website for more details).
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gregoryscat
Buckinghamshire, UK260 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
What a gem! A magnificent former abbey in the heart of this small picturesque town. Beautiful stained glass windows. We were lucky enough to meet one of the curates who was able to provide us with lots of information about the history. The little museum and tea room were not open when we visited. Limited opening. Worth checking days and times if you were counting on these. Fortunately we weren’t!
Written July 27, 2021
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Chan G
Reading, UK203 contributions
Aug 2020
Amazing architecture, would of loved to visit inside but it was shut. The website said it would be open 10:30 - 12:30pm. The tearoom didn't open until 2:30pm so our plan was to sit inside the Abbey until then however that didn't happen!
We will have to re-visit another time :)
Written September 1, 2020
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CarolAnneD
Leeds, UK65 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends
Some interesting things to see in the Abbey which has a very unusual layout. There are some tombs of Knights which are very beautiful. Well worth a visit which would take at most an hour of your time.
Written July 20, 2019
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lazenlondonuk
London Uk329 contributions
Jun 2020
Ok the Abbey is big not as big as some but The Abbey and surrounding graveyard IS Dorchester and closed currently.
Ive been to Dorchester a number of times even hitch hiking here as a boy.And Ive never really formed a firm impression of the place.On the surface it looks very picturesque cluttered even.It was Roman in some way but that fact has meant that
all manner of tourists hikers and the like and especially day tripper cars from The London side of Dorchester frequent the busy roads to come here and theres precious little-especially currently-for them to 'do'.
Houses over built anything Roman long ago as did private fishing lakes and fenced off areas of supposed 'temples'cursuses and villas.Nothing to see now.
Round the back of the village you can walk along a long narrow barbed wire flanked corridor through a private field with kissing gates unpassable for bicycles
to some kind of grass dunes at the river again barbed wire fenced off supposedly ancient.
Thats about it.You will be often walking single file thru cow pats to let hikers pass by.
But there is a good view of the hills opposite across the unpassable River Thames where all the ancient action is.
The local cottage owners tinkering in their gardens look thoroughly upset at the constant stream of hordes past their front gardens.
There may be the odd tea shop when it reopens.
Its all a bit depressing really leaving one rather underwhelmed.
Written June 12, 2020
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Tracey
Forster, Australia324 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
Lovely place to visit
Set in old English village where some of the midsomer murders series where filmed
Written March 14, 2020
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Michael O
Nottingham, UK175 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
Whilst staying at a nearby Hostelry, we ventured forth into this Twelfth Century Gem which has been a Parish church since the reformation.

It was the epicentre of the Dorchester Festival which is ongoing throughout May and is worth visiting.
Written May 9, 2019
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JarvisBoots
Marlow, UK42 contributions
May 2018
Abbey buildings are well preserved - and the small museum inside has really interesting items. The setting is lovely, and the main museum and tea shop in the building next door are worth a visit. Note: if you are there are the right time, the tea and home made cake from the tea shop are excellent (and great value)!
Written May 29, 2018
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shane😁😁
Northamptonshire, UK12,416 contributions
Oct 2017 • Couples
We entered at 8-30 am this morning and had the abbey to ourselves.The museum was closed however we managed to read up on some informative leaflets inside the building explaining a bit about the abbey.There are beautiful stain glass windows and the building is cleaned by helpful volunteers.Free to enter and worth a look....visited Oct 27th 2017
Written October 28, 2017
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Marie S
London, UK134 contributions
Aug 2014 • Business
We recently decorated the Abbey for a wedding. We then have to go back after the service on Sunday and remove the flowers and all our equipment. This took quite some time but once finished we realized that the tea room was open. I cannot tell you what a joy it was. It was like stepping back in time, lovely ladies raising money for the church all donate their time a cakes. Delicious and made our trip every better. Thank you all. I think the tea room is only open 2.30pm - 5.00pm on the weekends but please check if you are visiting.
Written September 8, 2014
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wendiedouglas
Portsmouth, UK39 contributions
Aug 2014 • Friends
Nice Abbey, not something we would normally visit but we fell across it. It was lovely, the stones on the floor were interesting and the flowers just beautiful. The gardens are nice, full of bees and butterfly's
Written August 19, 2014
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