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“Stunning Wedding Venue”
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Whalley Abbey
Ranked #7 of 23 Clitheroe B&B and Inns
Manchester, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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“Stunning Wedding Venue”
Reviewed February 16, 2014

We had our wedding RECEPTION here. You can't have a wedding CEREMONY here, or at least you couldn't in April 2013 it may have changed, we got married at St Mary and All Saints literally just round the corner. Having visited a number of wedding venues in the area we noticed they all seemed to look the same and offer the same photo opportunities. Many venues appeared to have an attitude they were doing you a real favour in agreeing to host your wedding, despite the fact they weren't shy on prices. This was not the case for Whalley Abbey. The staff were lovely down to earth people and nothing was too much trouble for them. The food was beautiful and the service never disappointed. Our photographs amongst the ruins are treasured mementos of the day and the interior again offered stunning images that aren't the standard wedding stuff you see everywhere. The room we stayed in after the reception was romantic and beautifully decorated. The breakfast the following morning was also up to the same high standard as the wedding catering. Not one of the guests had any complaints, they even managed to cater for my 90 year old Auntie which is not a simple task. Finally the price. This venue came at a fraction of the price of others, perhaps other venues put in an extra charge for their surly attitudes. Seriously ignore this venue and miss out, the marketing doesn't do it justice! You have to see it and experience the catering to realise just what a fantastic venue this really is.

Room Tip: Ground floor rooms to the left hand side of the building had lovely views. If you are going to a wed...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 28, 2014

We celebrated our golden wedding on january 11th 2014 at Whalley Abbey. Every thing was absolutely fantastic.From the first day we went to book,the staff were so helpful and friendly.
Nothing was too much trouble.Any queries we had were easily sorted out.Onthe night everything
went like clockwork.The service was unbeatable and the food was excellent. It really couldn't be
bettered.Breakfast the morning after was delicious and plentyful.We would definitely recommend Whalley Abbey.A beautiful tranquil place to relax and enjoy. Well worth a visit.

Room Tip: The bridal suite is the best room.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 29, 2013

We stayed in this very special b&b while visiting Whalley and loved it. Lovely friendly reception, pretty well-equipped room. Guesthouse is set in the quite grounds of ruined Whalley Abbey. Tranquil & atmospheric but right in the centre of the village. Good breakfast in old refectory. We'll return!

  • Stayed November 2013
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Halifax, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 22, 2013

The Abbey ruins at Whalley belong to the local diocese and a walk round the grounds costs only £2 per adult; this is well worth it as a surprising amount of this Cistercian Abbey is still standing.

You're given a simple guide to the ruins when you pay, which is adequate for interpretation of the site - a guide book is also available.

The gardens are well-tended and pleasant in themselves to walk around, but there's lots of the Abbey to see. The lay brothers' dorter is intact, and there are substantial remains of the parlour and chapter rooms. Some original tiling is present, but isn't in a great state of repair. The Abbot's house retains some interesting detail, as does the private chapel.

Of particular interest are the chambers beneath the choir stalls, put there to amplify the monks' voices - apparently quite a common practice, but not often on view.

It's not the most photogenic site I have visited, as much of the ruins have been levelled off to a similar height - but there are some good 'arches through arches' shots to be had, and steps at the perimeter provide a panoramic and elevated view.

The visitor centre has a scale model recreating what the Abbey would originally have looked like, as well as panels showing its history and a couple of artefacts.

There's a café, but this has very much the ambience of a hotel breakfast room (as it I believe it in fact is) - it didn't seem a very cosy place for lunch, so we didn't try it.

There's a car park within the Abbey grounds as well as parking in the vicinity. When we arrived, we weren't quite sure where to pay - after mistakenly going towards the hotel reception, we found the friendly woman in the café who took our entrance fees. There are loos in the café plus a handful of souvenirs and items of religious interest. No dogs (except assistance dogs) are allowed.

Note that the Abbey gatehouse owned by English Heritage is outside the borders of this site.

Worth popping in - would recommend a summer visit to get the most out of the gardens, but the ruins are worth seeing anytime,

Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed September 13, 2013

We spent three nights in The Abbey and enjoyed the experience very much. The room and bath were large and well appointed. It was extremely quiet and the grounds were superb. We spent one morning exploring and taking photos of extraordinary ruins and gardens.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Oldham
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Reviewed September 7, 2013

Although I only live 25 miles away I paid my first visit to the Abbey ruins a couple of weeks ago. Why did I wait so long? The site has a beautiful location by the river and the gardens were full of colour as it was summer. We wandered through the ruins following the map and guide and were impressed that there were so many benches to allow us to stop and contemplate the scenery. Unfortunately we didn't have time to see the museum or visit the cafe but I will certainly be returning. Close by is the church of St. Mary and All Saints which is also worth a visit. There has been a church on the site since Anglo Saxon times and the present church dates from early 13th century. Most days from 2 pm the church is open and there is someone there to give you all the information you need. It is a very tranquil and welcoming church with some interesting features.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Clitheroe, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 27, 2013

I have lunched at the Whalley Abbey coffee shop a few times with a friend who is quite keen on the location - I haven't always been totally satisfied with my food but haven't liked to complain. However, having found soil in my salad yet again today I felt obliged to say something - unfortunately our waitress wasn't that concerned, said she'd speak to the chef who said it had been washed: and that was the end of it. We won't be going back in a hurry.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Whalley Abbey
Address: Whalley Abbey | just off the A59, Clitheroe BB7 9SS, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Lancashire > Clitheroe
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Ranked #7 of 23 B&Bs / Inns in Clitheroe
Hotel Class:4 star — Whalley Abbey 4*
Number of rooms: 17
Also Known As:
Whalley Abbey Hotel Clitheroe
Whalley Abbey Clitheroe, Lancashire

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