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Quiet place to contemplate

Utstein kloster is a little bit off the beaten path. It is almost impossible to access by public... read more

Reviewed 13 July 2017
Helga D
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Stavanger, Norway
Historical site with beautiful scenery

The Utstein Monastery is renowned for being the home and principal seat of government for Harald... read more

Reviewed 13 July 2017
Odd Kristian P
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Kristiansand, Norway
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Utstein Monastery is Norway's only well-preserved medieval monastery. The buildings were originally intended as a royal residence, but an Augustinian monastery was founded there in around 1265. After the reformation in 1537, the monastery and its property were returned to the crown, and it subsequently came into private ownership. The property has been in public ownership since 1935. Today, it is run as a museum and conference centre. Concerts are also held there. The cultural landscape around the monastery is protected by law.
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Mosteroyveien, 4156, Norway
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Reviewed 13 July 2017

Utstein kloster is a little bit off the beaten path. It is almost impossible to access by public transport. But if you feel like walking 6 and a half kilometers, you can go anytime. In exchange for these difficulties, the place is very serene and...More

1  Thank Helga D
Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

The Utstein Monastery is renowned for being the home and principal seat of government for Harald Fairhair, the first king to rule the whole of Norway. The surroundings are beautiful and worth the visit. Make time to tour the inside of the building complex.

Thank Odd Kristian P
Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

This is such a beautiful place that's rich in history and it happens to be in a stunningly beautiful area. We loved getting to relax looking over the water and also getting to watch some​ sheep nearby.

Thank cristinfay
Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

Had a nice guided tour trough the monastery in December. A 40 min trip from Stavanger centre. Nice to see such an old building, in such a good standard - and still in use for weddings and church. The guide have stories about the monks,...More

Thank frkBelinda
Reviewed 6 November 2016

Really enjoyed an entertaining guided tour. Charming location, very friendly service in the restaurant, delicious food. Only gripe is that food could have been warmer (suggestion to restaurant - plate warmers help a lot if other options are not viable). Skilled chefs, friendly and helpful,...More

Thank drlambda
Reviewed 24 July 2016

We visited Utstein Kloster because of a family connection. It is a wonderfully restored site with all sorts of historical connections. My ancestors originated at one of the farms owned by the kings who used this castle as a royal residence - later owned by...More

Thank naturetrav
Reviewed 3 June 2016

We visited the Utstein Kloster as part of our shore excursion during our Norway cruise. We were so glad we had a chance to make a visit to Utstein Kloster. The drive to Utstein from Stavanger port area was absolutely beautiful. Our tour began with...More

2  Thank N_and_R
Reviewed 17 April 2016 via mobile

Unfortunately the monastery was closed when I arrived but the history is everywhere and very tangible. Well worth the drive.

Thank Árni Ó
Reviewed 12 April 2016 via mobile

Maybe unique of it's kind in Norway due to the good shape the monastery still is in. It's history traces back to the Viking era and might have ties to the famous Harald Hårfagre. What a great little 25 min drive from Stavanger city centre...More

1  Thank enurweb
Reviewed 2 September 2015

If you don't have a strong interest in monasteries or the medieval period or renovated historical sites, Utstein will not convert you. I actually enjoyed the lovely setting, but Norway is full of stunning sites. The two reasons I didn't give this a high rating...More

1  Thank GiselleF
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