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Address: Abbey Road, Washford TA23 0PS, England
Phone Number:
+44 370 333 1181
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

Boasting the most impressively complete and unaltered set of monastic...

Boasting the most impressively complete and unaltered set of monastic cloister buildings in England. Standing roofed and two storeys high, they include the gatehouse, the 15h century refectory with its glorious angel rood; unusual painted chamberand the floor of an earlier refectory. An exhibition and touch screen virtual tour tell the story of abbey life and a story bag is an ideal way for families to explore the site.

Child friendly and dog friendly.

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Not Just a Ruin

A great number of abbeys & monastic buildings were slighted during the reformation and stand as ruins. The same is true of Cleeve Abbey and indeed the Abbey church is marked by... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 October 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

A great number of abbeys & monastic buildings were slighted during the reformation and stand as ruins. The same is true of Cleeve Abbey and indeed the Abbey church is marked by foundation stones alone. However the remaining monastic buildings including the gatehouse do remain and in a remarkably good state of repair and now contain a museum focused upon... More 

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Bridgwater, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

We were met for our tickets by a very helpful, knowledgeable man. He gave us a helpful guide as to where to go and what to see.All questions were well answered.The footings of the Abbey church have been exposed and a tiled floor,the largest of it's kind in Europe.The large refectory hall with a wonderful timber roof has been beautifully... More 

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Dawlish, Devon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Cleese Abbey dates back to the 1100s so is full of history and is very interesting to learn how monks lived in centuries past. The church no longer exists, only foundation ruins, but there is lots to see in the Abbey, including old tiles and graffiti. English Heritage had done a good job in preserving this Abbey. You can even... More 

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Ossett, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

We arrived at Cleeve Abbey expecting to find a crumbling ruin but in reality it is much more than that. Many of the rooms are well preserved and there is much to explore. There are surprises as you pop through entrance into the huge dormitory or refectory. The whole thing is much bigger that the exterior implies. Make sure that... More 

Thank Susan G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

Having seen that Cleeve Abbey was just a couple of miles from where we were staying we thought we would pop in and visit the ruins before travelling on to our intended destination for the day. The idea was it would only take half an hour or so as it was one of the abbey's included in Henry VIII dissolution... More 

Thank Sandie A
Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

Henry V111 has a lot to answer for! This is another one of the wonderful buildings maintained by English Heritage. Interesting displays, free car park, small shop with extremely helpful and informative member of staff.

Thank Richard O
Hook, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

Surprisingly interesting after getting the perception it was quite a minor attraction when consulting web information. Spotlessly looked after and interesting descriptions. Walking surfaces often uneven and steep stairs. Stairs provided with effective handrails. One area a little dark and a key ring hand torch useful. Good educational area for children with opportunity to try on monks habits and make... More 

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Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

Great rural location, we travelled here via a steam train on the West Somerset Railway, about 20 mins walk from Washford station. This English Heritage Abbey is in good order, we particularly liked the tiled floor and the info on how it was made. Very knowledgeable gentleman at the entrance on the day we visited too.

Thank DavidW97
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

Visited on way to Weymouth holiday. Never tire of this place. Feels so peaceful. What more can I say .......

Thank SAM.46
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

English Heritage - Free to members. Free parking across the road. Information boards throughout the property. There are some wonderful original floor tiles preserved as well as evidence of wall paintings. Access to undercroft as well as some rooms in the main building. Lovely peaceful place.

Thank Stephen T

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