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Hailes Abbey

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Very interesting if abbeys are your thing

This is an ideal place to visit en route to other local attractions. We spent about an hour here... read more

Reviewed 13 August 2018

There are sufficient standing structures to make these ruins of a medieval monastery interesting... read more

Reviewed 27 July 2018
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“small museum”(15 reviews)
Grade 1 Scheduled National Monument. Site is owned by the National Trust but wholly financed, managed and maintained by English Heritage
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Hailes Abbey Cotswold Way | Near Winchcombe, Hailes, Cheltenham GL54 5PB, England
+44 370 333 1181
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great welcome from Steve who was in charge. Very friendly and helpful man, just right for the job. There is a small shop area with a good variety of things to buy. Recommend the onion marmalade. Interesting area with rescued artefacts and very well documented....More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We met some friends here to visit the site but also to have a combined picnic it was such a wonderful revelation the history of the site is very well presented in the small museum and the very useful interpretation boards which gave a good...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We didn’t expect much from what is described as “a pile of rocks”. But the manager Steve and the audio guide brought the place to life. Compared to many abbeys from that era, there isn’t much left. Especially compared to places like Fountains. But there...More

Thank Richard M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Living close by, I wouldn’t recommend anyone travelling any distance to come here, it’s peaceful and quite pretty especially in autumn but there isn’t a lot here .

1  Thank Webbers54
Reviewed 13 August 2018

This is an ideal place to visit en route to other local attractions. We spent about an hour here and found it fascinating. The audio tour helped bring it to life.

1  Thank debbieBelfast
Reviewed 8 August 2018

We visited today for the second time - the first time was 30 years ago - what a lovely place to spend a few hours. The manager was very friendly and made us feel very welcome indeed

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Reviewed 27 July 2018 via mobile

There are sufficient standing structures to make these ruins of a medieval monastery interesting. An hour or so can easily be spent wandering around, with or without the rather verbose audio aid, though it does help in imagining the life of the monks. The museum...More

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Reviewed 24 July 2018

We are currently visiting the Cotswolds with our two elderly dogs and found this place on a "dog-friendly" website. We have previously wary of visiting national Trust properties because in general they are not dog-friendly, however since this place is managed by the excellent English...More

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Steve H, Manager at Hailes Abbey, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2018

We are so pleased you all enjoyed your visit Steve Site Manager

Reviewed 21 July 2018

An important and interesting site in the Cotswolds. Walkable from the steam rail station, though not signposted immediately. There is a small map in the station shelter which may help. There are outdoor ruins plus an interesting museum and another exhibit on masonry/carvings. Free for...More

Thank Max B
Reviewed 20 July 2018

Our third day in the Cotswolds found us visiting Hailes Abbey located two miles northeast of Winchcombe. The site is the ruin of an 11th Century Cistercian Monastery. Whilst the site is owned by the National Trust (and entrance for NT members is free) the...More

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11 July 2018|
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Response from Steve H | Property representative |
Not really. In order to keep doing our essential heritage conservation work, both at Hailes Abbey and at other English Heritage sites, we charge an admission fee at Hailes Abbey. Members of English Heritage and, at this... More
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1 March 2017|
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Response from Steve H | Property representative |
As long as you like but I agree with others, please take the time to savour the atmosphere and history