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Shaftesbury Abbey Museum & Garden

Park Walk, Shaftesbury SP7 8JR, England
+44 1747 852910
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An excellent find and good value for money as the entrance fee includes the audio guides which... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
London, United Kingdom
Interesting, in good weather only

Small, but interesting. I thought the large church behind the gardens was part of the 'Abbey' so... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Brussels, Belgium
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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%
  • Poor1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Park Walk, Shaftesbury SP7 8JR, England
+44 1747 852910

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Reviewed 5 days ago

An excellent find and good value for money as the entrance fee includes the audio guides which provide a very comprehensive coverage of the ruins and also the plants in the gardens. Superb hour or so spent wandering the gardens, the ruins and the indoor...More

Thank swh61
Reviewed 1 week ago

Small, but interesting. I thought the large church behind the gardens was part of the 'Abbey' so was disappointed (should have realised!) that it was just the stones in the garden! Don't bother if its raining as it is mostly outside. The staff were very...More

Thank Diana1030
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Only £3 to enter which is very reasonable as it's a lovely setting and the gardens offer a very tranquil spot in front of The Abbey. Nice easy walk along the path in front of the walls over looking the valley. Then headed down to...More

Thank Restless59
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great quiet place to visit. Plenty of space for young people to run around and not get into trouble. Will definitely visit again.

Thank Louisezone
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 14 September 2017

The Abbey gardens are situated at the top of Gold Hill, and whereas lots of people visit the famous "Hovis site" far less take the short walk to the site of the old Abbey. It is well worth seeing, and has a fascinating history.

Thank David H
Reviewed 3 September 2017

Very interesting visit, good for both adults and children. My Grandchildren loved the audio commentary.

Thank 731robin
Reviewed 29 August 2017

This is a really interesting and beautiful place to visit. The museum offers lots of information for both adults and children. If the weather is nice and you are in the area, it's a must see, the gardens are beautiful and relaxing. The audio guides...More

Thank itsnotaboutthemoney
Reviewed 28 August 2017

A beautiful little museum, with artefacts dating back 1100 years, including the burial casket of St Edward. Good explanations of the history of the abbey and people associated with it, from King Alfred onwards. Outside, the ruins of the abbey are in a beautiful setting,...More

1  Thank wendyanddavid536
Reviewed 14 August 2017

Great exhibit for a good price (£3pp), you get a personal audio device so you can tour at your own speed. Indoor museum/exhibit and outdoors is the old abbey. Lots of interesting info, great on a dry day !

Thank kevinhill61
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16 July 2016|
Response from PamCee | Reviewed this property |
10am - 4pm every day. Easter to The end of September.