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Abbey Road, Washford, TA23 0PS
In Washford lies one of the undiscovered jewels of Somerset, providing an interesting day out for families and budding historians alike. The Cistercian abbey of Cleeve is a haven of peace and tranquillity, said to contain the finest cloister buildings in England.
Visitors today can catch a glimpse of monastic life 800 years ago; although the abbey church was destroyed by Henry VIII during the dissolution in 1536, the cloister buildings including the gatehouse, 15th century refectory with its glorious angel roof and 13th century heraldic tiles have survived remarkably intact.
The great dormitory is one of the best examples in the country, and an exhibition and virtual tour tells the story of the abbey and daily life for the holy men that once inhabited it.
You can find out more about the conservation project to protect the medieval tiled pavement for the future. Access to the 13th century tiled pavement will be reinstated from 25 March 2016.
The abbey is located in a beautiful valley surrounded by countryside so is ideal for walkers or visitors travelling on the West Somerset Railway, which stops at Washford station. It is just a ten minute walk to Cleeve Abbey from the station and with your train ticket you can get a discount on your entry ticket.
Whatever the weather, there is plenty to explore at the Abbey and if sunny, there is lots of space for a picnic in the peaceful grounds with a stream running through them.
Serene Sounds - experience the serene sounds of recorded monastic music in the atmospheric Cloister (each weekend throughout July and August, 11am - 4pm)The monks' dormitory, one of the finest examples left in BritainThe magnificent architecture, carved angels and heraldic tiled floorsOur story bag, 'Brother Cedric and the missing sheep', a fun way for families to explore the abbey togetherThe 'Green Man' - ask the staff where he can be found!
April to October
Blue Badge Guides admitted free
Educational Visits Accepted
Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors
Guide dogs permitted
Marketed towards families
Marketed towards senior citizens
Max group size
Min group size
No Smoking Attraction
On site parking
Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
Special group rates
TIC Staff Admitted Free
Toilets for disabled visitors
Abbey RoadWashfordWatchetTA23 0PSUnited Kingdom
T: 01984 640377
F: 01984 641348
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