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Shaftesbury Abbey Museum & Garden

Park Walk, Shaftesbury SP7 8JR, England
+44 1747 852910
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A beautiful haven

This little museum and garden were a delight. The garden is full of wild flowers and the museum... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
jayneska
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Marlborough, United Kingdom
A peaceful and tranquil site that is great value for money at £3 per person

Enthusiastic volunteers staff the museum and audio or printed guides that come with the entry fee... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Bon444
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Dorchester, 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 only for women. The museum brings to life the story of the Abbey and its inhabitants with dramatic displays of medieval stonework and an interactive virtual tour. There is a free audio tour, printed guides in European languages and a children's trail and activities.
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  • Average5%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Park Walk, Shaftesbury SP7 8JR, England
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+44 1747 852910
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This little museum and garden were a delight. The garden is full of wild flowers and the museum doors open out onto the quest and tranquil garden where the old abbey walls are. Plenty of historical information available and lovely friendly staff.

Thank jayneska
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Enthusiastic volunteers staff the museum and audio or printed guides that come with the entry fee are available in several languages. With numbers on the exhibits which you dial into the audio guide in any order, you’re free to wander and see as much or...More

Thank Bon444
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Thoroughly enjoyed visiting the Shaftesbury Abbey Museum and Garden. The museum and gardens are well laid out and an audio guide helps in understanding it all.

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Reviewed February 26, 2018

Great to wonder around without many other visitors. Not sure what it would be like in the school holidays. Lovely walk around the edge of the town

Thank Seefelder
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Reviewed February 25, 2018

Not open in February during the week, we were able to visit on a Saturday, when it opened at 10 am. £3 entry, £2.50 concessions, includes an audio guide. These are new and though work fine up to about number 25, after that, the numbers...More

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Reviewed February 11, 2018 via mobile

An interesting bit of historical background and handheld commentary to help the visitor reimagine what once stood here. But it was the sense of peace and tranquility enhanced by a robin's song and a pretty black cat that made this visit. Lovely far reaching views...More

Thank Seefoodie
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Reviewed February 1, 2018 via mobile

Took a client for an outing. Staff were friendly, lots of interesting info to learn about, shop a little commercial and “fake”, gardens were pleasant enough.

Thank Jeanne D
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Reviewed January 22, 2018 via mobile

Having lived in the area for 12 years I am sorry that I waited until now to visit - what a wonderful place to learn the history of this beautiful hill top town!

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Reviewed January 4, 2018

This abbey was started by King Alfred and his daughter was the first abbess. King Edward the Martyr was buried here and King Cnut died here. It was a very wealthy nunnery, with two tithe barns. No remains more then a foot above ground, but...More

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Reviewed December 14, 2017

These are lovely ruins. We got there late in the day so we had to rush. We enjoyed the audio tour and learned some interesting facts.

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