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Shaftesbury Abbey Museum & Garden

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Henry VIII has a lot to answer for …

It's hardly the fault of Shaftsbury Abbey that Henry VIII ordered it to be dismantled in 1538... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Ludlow, United Kingdom
Fascinating historical place

King Alfred who founded Shaftesbury installed one of his daughters as the fist Abbess of the Abbey... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
chris w
Shaftesbury, United Kingdom
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The excavated foundations of this once important and influential Abbey lie in a peaceful walled garden, with a medieval orchard and extensive herb garden. Founded in 888 by King Alfred the Great, Shaftesbury Abbey was the first Benedictine nunnery...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Park Walk, Shaftesbury SP7 8JR, England
+44 1747 852910
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's hardly the fault of Shaftsbury Abbey that Henry VIII ordered it to be dismantled in 1538! They've done a brilliant job in making the most of what's left, including a comprehensive audio tour and a fine small museum.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

King Alfred who founded Shaftesbury installed one of his daughters as the fist Abbess of the Abbey. The audio guide gives a very good impression of how the Abby once was. There is also a good children's trail which our grandchildren much enjoyed.

Thank chris w
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a smallish location with a lot of history contained within. The entrance is very reasonable and you get a handheld device that tells you about each of the marked spots in the Abbey ruins. The grounds are lovingly tended and provide a few...More

Thank Theresa M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interesting and well kept and loved park area in Shaftesbury. It was worth a look and the effort to find it.

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Reviewed August 27, 2018

Most of the stone is visible in the surrounding houses so apart from foundations there is not a lot to see. The exhibition makes up for this. Those in the know wait until Gold Hill day to get in for free and have music thrown...More

Thank ODProjman
Reviewed August 26, 2018

Stopped off while looking around Shaftesbury. Small museum with history of the Abbey and of St Edward the Martyr who it was dedicated to. Not a lot left of the abbey but the guide and labelling made it very clear what everything left was. Interesting...More

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Reviewed August 11, 2018

There isn't much left of the Abbey church although the curators have done a good job of describing via the free audio guide where each part of the church is and what can be seen etc. The gardens are a really peaceful place if you...More

Thank Anarchon
Reviewed July 31, 2018

Went with wife on a sunny day. Had gardeners world card, so only £3 for 2 of us. Audio guides provided and dogs allowed in. Well worth the visit.

Reviewed July 28, 2018

An interesting history of the Abbey and another chance to reflect on the vile nature of Henry 8th who destroyed so much of our architectural history

Thank Michael F
Reviewed July 27, 2018 via mobile

Well worth a visit . A great deal of effort has been put into this little museum . Very interesting and informative ! Loved seeing every day life and hardship from long time ago . Would recommend !

Thank Sandy D
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July 16, 2016|
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10am - 4pm every day. Easter to The end of September.