Having had a quick look on their website on the way there, it wasn't immediately obvious what the opening times or entrance fee were. Once there, we found out it's open dawn - dusk and there is a honesty box which suggests £3 for adults. This seems cheap compared to some other abbeys.
We arrived at lunchtime so decided to call into the tea rooms first. It was a nice building and the model of how the abbey used to look was great to see. The prices in the tea room were steep though. My husband had an ultimate hot dog which was almost £7, as was my cheese, pesto & tomato melt. We felt that was very high for a tea room. We also had 2 hot chocolates, a latte, cheese scone and piece of cake, which with entrance fee for 2 adults came to £32!
On top of that, there's also an honesty box for parking with a suggested fee of £1.
We crossed the road and walked through the field to the abbey. It's interesting with lots to look at. It is also a very peaceful place.
You can see the difference between this, which is privately owned and others which aren't though. It was overgrown in areas. There was a steep drop into what looked like a water channel without warning signs. Some stones looked like they had recently fallen so it made you wonder how stable the rest were. Because of all this, I didn't feel comfortable letting my little boy rush around exploring like I would elsewhere, which is a shame as that was the main reason for visiting. Some walls were made from blocks from elsewhere on the site which I felt was a shame as they were out of context. Also, there were no signs to tell you what you were looking at, which I guess is a way of making you buy the guide for £2.50.
We enjoyed wandering around the abbey grounds and would like to go again, although we wont be having lunch there next time!
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