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Cleeve Abbey

Cleeve Abbey Abbey Road, Washford, Watchet TA23 0PS, England
+44 1984 640377
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Very atmospheric

Approaching through the imposing Gatehouse sets the scene for a fascinating visit. There is so much... read more

Reviewed 28 December 2017
Mealpup
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Leicestershire
Lovely

The lady who worked behind reception Theresa Pratt was lovely and she explained all about the abbey... read more

Reviewed 29 November 2017
17kellasj
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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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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Cleeve Abbey Abbey Road, Washford, Watchet TA23 0PS, England
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"english heritage"
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"small shop"
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"wall paintings"
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"well worth a visit"
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"carved angels"
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"peaceful place"
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"monks living"
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"henry viii"
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"painted chamber"
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"guide book"
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Reviewed 28 December 2017

Approaching through the imposing Gatehouse sets the scene for a fascinating visit. There is so much to see here with a self guided walk around the abbey itself and a wander around the outside areas. Very atmospheric place and we stayed much longer than we...More

Thank Mealpup
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Reviewed 29 November 2017

The lady who worked behind reception Theresa Pratt was lovely and she explained all about the abbey and even helped us become english heritage members.

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Reviewed 20 November 2017

Enter through a large gatehouse, which is very impressive. Although the church was virtually destroyed, many of the cloister buildings are in amazing shape. The dormitory and refectory are almost complete. Many of the rooms still have traces of the original decorations. It was used...More

Thank Owenthomas
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Reviewed 27 October 2017

We came here to see the Abbey as our son is doing an EPQ on the Dissolution of the Monasteries. What a find , it was great, lots of information, lots of original rooms and parts to the abbey, magnificent preserved floor, and fantastic very...More

Thank JBlargo
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Reviewed 22 October 2017

Ticket office was in the small shop. I saw a freezer with ice creams and some picnic tables outside but no cafe. Internal rooms, out buildings and grounds were great to explore. We didn't buy a book and just used the information boards, which were...More

Thank Tina H
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Reviewed 18 October 2017

Cleeve Abbey is the only one in the UK that has preserved most of its buildings intact. Only its church was destroyed in that gross act of vandalism that followed Henry VII's Act of Dissolution. Thank goodness so much of Cleeve has survived because it...More

Thank V581ZSdonb
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Reviewed 18 October 2017

We just found this as it was near to where we were staying and it was a very nice almost intact building as it was when it was in use the only missing part was their church but you can really imagine what life was...More

Thank Deborahlouise9
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Reviewed 14 October 2017

We're English Heritage members so popped by while we were passing this way. To be clear, this is a really well maintained and cared for property; and it's very interesting to walk around and explore. There are a good number of rooms and some interesting...More

Thank Daniel S
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Reviewed 6 October 2017 via mobile

Another excellent English Heritage property, as always well maintained. The entrance is just the beginning and it just keeps getting better. All the displays inside are well signed and informative. There are also a number of information signs around the site. As another reviewer stated...More

Thank tashismee
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Reviewed 5 October 2017

We came to this English Heritage site on a lovely sunny afternoon, and were welcomed by a friendly and knowledgeable gentleman who told us what to look for and where to go, as there is a lot to see and it's easy to miss out...More

Thank Rosy J
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Hannah B
7 January 2018|
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Response from Gryke | Reviewed this property |
You could easily drive from London, visit Cleeve Abbey and return home in one day. However, in my opinion it would be rather tiring! Otherwise take Jean's advice.
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Nicky T
14 June 2017|
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Response from FennJR | Reviewed this property |
We were allowed the dog in the grounds but not in the buildings.
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Trish V
15 May 2017|
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Response from willowgroves | Reviewed this property |
If you are interested in the architecture and history of the abbey I would suggest probably 45 - 60 minutes inside and maybe 30 - 45 minutes walking around the exterior and looking in the shop. Cleve Abbey is not a large... More
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