Malmesbury Abbey

Malmesbury Abbey: Hours, Address, Malmesbury Abbey Reviews: 4.5/5

Malmesbury Abbey
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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DREGS
Grafham, UK335 contributions
Look out for the lock up
Sep. 2021
The family went into the abbey and were surprised at the size! It looks smaller from the outside. The grounds are lovely and one thing to look for is the Lock up which is by the gates. Worth looking up how they dealt with people who committed 'minor misdemeanours'!
Written September 10, 2021
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Dave C
Leighton Buzzard, UK27 contributions
Beautiful Abbey
Aug. 2021
The Abbey is worth a visit, as are the lovely, well-kept Abbey Gardens. The Abbey is free to enter (but worth a donation!)
Written August 28, 2021
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Richard H
Bedford, UK108 contributions
Definitely worth a visit
Aug. 2021 • Friends
What a fab old church, steeped in history, esprit old English, and stepped in a Godly peace. Excellent sandwiches in their little cafe. Also amazed by the ancient books, 4 volume illustrated Bible. Make sure you visit.
Written August 16, 2021
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Paul B
Greater Manchester, UK744 contributions
Historic Gem
Jul. 2021 • Couples
A beautiful small town to old part standing on what must have been an excellent defensive site. Some of perimeter walls still stand, but the town is dominated be Malmsbury Abbey, a massive structure, still very beautiful despite all it's tribulations. During the English Civil War the town is reputed to have changed hands six times; on two occasions the town was stormed by Parliamentary forces, once by the troops of Sir William Waller and nearly a year later by the troops of Colonel Massey. On each occasion, the assaulting troops attacked up Abbey Row supported by two light cannons and the west end of the Abbey suffered a great deal of damage from cannon and musket balls. Amazing to see! There is a brilliant Tourist Information office manned by very enthusiastic volunteers.
Written August 15, 2021
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Alan J
Aylesbury, UK74 contributions
Remarkable
Jul. 2021
With its history dating back 1500 years, this remarkable parish church now occupies the nave of the former Abbey.
Written July 23, 2021
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johngiles100
London, UK12 contributions
Once an Abbey now a parish church.
Jul. 2021
Unusual survivor of the dissolution of the monasteries, the abbey was saved from total ruin and part of it preserved as a lovely parish church. enthusiastic volunteers will tell you all about it. Free to go in but a well-deserving contribution box should be visited.
Written July 20, 2021
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Maryke T
11 contributions
A real church
Jun. 2021
Having recently visited Salisbury cathedral, the contrast was immense. This felt so alive, both in spirituality and mission to town. Excellent guidebook, and sensitive to its historical inheritance, whether the king's tomb, the manuscripts or the William Morris window, but still current, not a museum.
Written June 27, 2021
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Fay L
2 contributions
Totally amazing place historically. This little town was the original capital of England!
Jun. 2021 • Couples
Not knowing anything about Malmesbury when we booked to stay locally we were amazed at how historically significant the town of Malmesbury and Abbey are! Where do you start? The first capital of the whole of England? That the very first King of England was born and lived here? There is so much history here it's ridiculous. Plus the first ever lady killed by a tiger was a barlady in the local tavern! They apparently used to keep wild animals in the tavern for amusement in the 12th century and when, whilst taunting the poor creature, the tiger managed to get hold of her he unfortunately finished her off! She's buried in the graveyard at the Abbey. That a monk of the same time climbed the then tower and tried the first ever human flight in this country? He broke both his legs in the attempt but what an an amazing story! The guides in the Abbey were very friendly and informative so overall a brilliant experience.
Written June 2, 2021
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Charlie D
Plymouth, UK91 contributions
Disappointing lack of information for visitors.
May 2021
Having already been to St John's Church, Cirencester, this was a disppointment. There was very little information on show for visitors an we had to ask the steward for more information. We didn't know about the Civil War damage or the friezes in the entrance porch until after we had left the town and there was no information about the observation balcony in the Nave. It was very hard to picture the original abbey and so much more could have been done to welcome and inform visitors.
Written May 31, 2021
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Vicki
Liss, UK12 contributions
Amazing Abbey
May 2021
Fascinating! Well worth a visit. Easy access and well within easy walking distance of the high street and even had a small cafe.
Written May 26, 2021
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