Dorchester Abbey

Dorchester Abbey, Dorchester-on-Thames

Dorchester Abbey
4.5
History Museums • Churches & Cathedrals
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
About
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).
Suggested duration
< 1 hour
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Chan G
Reading, UK196 contributions
Wish it was open!
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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Frank L
2 contributions
Anniversary weekend
Aug 2020
Very interesting beautiful abbey in lovely peaceful grounds
Would like to visit again and fully explore.
Written August 29, 2020
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lazenlondonuk
London Uk308 contributions
Once' Roman' Town More hat than Cattle.Tourist Crowds.
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, Australia323 contributions
Family and friends tour
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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Shelby
13 contributions
Birthday traveling
Oct 2019
Booked a hotel in the village for a two night stay as a base for Blenheim and Oxford. This lovely building was an unexpected bonus
Written November 7, 2019
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tyketyke
King's Lynn, UK1,863 contributions
Wonderful
Nov 2019
Visiting family locally and chanced to call in Dorchester - wonderful place. The Abbey is central and well worth a visit. Extraordinary survival still well supported. Look up to the roof for an amazing display of beams and then look to the altar for some superb stained glass.
Written November 3, 2019
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Caroline T
Farnham, UK48 contributions
Former abbey with some interesting carvings
Oct 2019
A number of things of quality well worth seeing ranging from floor brasses, grave insciptions in the church, C14th wall paining, intricate carvings in the sedilla, old stained glasses (so go when it is not too dark so you can actually see them properly!), stone effigies in good condition, Pre-Raphaelite wall paintings...
Written October 30, 2019
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Ricky J
Bourne End, UK85 contributions
Quick Tour
Oct 2019
If you are in the area then go see the Abbey, it is beautiful with lots of history, people that were there were very friendy, you dont have ytto but I left a small donation at the end :)
Written October 14, 2019
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Peter C
Bedford, UK73 contributions
Visited Dorchester Abbey
Aug 2019
Dissapointing - No longer an Abbey, Just a church with little interesting detail. Most of the artifacts had either been removed or were out of sight.
Written September 9, 2019
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GrahamKS
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Graham S.
Aug 2019 • Couples
Went to a fantastic wedding.A beautiful church with fantastic grounds and a small museum.Situated in beautiful village.
Written August 27, 2019
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