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“Brilliant site, a lot more welcoming and cheaper than the cathedral”

St. Augustine's Abbey
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$87.38*
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Day-Trip to Canterbury and Dover from London
Ranked #10 of 107 things to do in Canterbury
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Newcastle
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32 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Brilliant site, a lot more welcoming and cheaper than the cathedral”
Reviewed August 11, 2012

The site has a brilliant museum, and friendly knowledgable staff, to take you through the complicvated sequence of monastic buildings once present on the site and their remains. Good panel interpretation on site also, making it a much cheaper and welcoming alternative to the expensive and unfriendly main cathedral site

Visited August 2012
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Ashford, England, United Kingdom
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“Day Out”
Reviewed August 8, 2012

Used our English Heritage tickets for this and had a good few hours here - learnt lots about Canterbury I didn't know considering we've lived near here for so long!
Kids like the audio tour, so would recommend it, just not on a rainy day as there's no cover!

Visited August 2012
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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“There's more here than meets the eye”
Reviewed August 2, 2012

To be honest, there really isn't much left of the Abbey. King Henry VIII and Oliver Cromwell did a very good job at destroying this formerly fine abbey. What really makes this place well worth a visit is the fine audio tour, which is provided free of charge on entry (which isn't free of cost :)).

The tour takes you through the ruins and tells you a lot of the arrival and growth of christianity on the English shores. Enticing tales of rebellious monks keep you going as you walk around. Almost at the end of the tour you'll climb a high rise, which gives you an excellent view of the still standing Canterbury Cathedral (which Henry VIII didn't want to demolish for political reasons).

It's well worth a visit. There's parking opportunity near the abbey, but you can also park your car near the city walls and go for a short walk. Everything in or near the town centre is only 10 to 15 minutes away on foot.

Visited July 2012
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Redditch, United Kingdom
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“Very important and interesting site”
Reviewed July 29, 2012

The ruins are well displayed and there is a lot to see. I found the audio guide very informative and enjoyed the accounts of the Norman monk Goscelyn. Good little museum also.

Visited July 2012
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San Francisco, California
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19 attraction reviews
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“You may want to skip if you've already seen other ruins …”
Reviewed July 19, 2012

England is chockfull of ruined abbeys courtesy of Henry VIII. If you've visited others (like Glastenbury), you might be well to skip this, unless you're a serious history buff. Museum is informative, although not exemplary.

Visited July 2012
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