Malmesbury Abbey
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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John H
Kingston-upon-Hull, UK119 contributions
Aug. 2022 • Couples
Lovely peaceful building with outdoor seating and it's own cafe.
The first king of all of England is buried here,king athelstan and you can see his tomb up close,the porch is also very interesting and has some great stonework,would call again if I was in the area.
Written August 19, 2022
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emileee83
Lower Brailes, UK538 contributions
Jun. 2022 • Couples
The ruins are spectacular, it’s well worth a visit. Pop inside to see the incredible architecture and grave of the first king of England. Fabulous slice of British history.
Written July 2, 2022
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MarcusHurley
Bristol, UK8,657 contributions
Jun. 2022
We visited the abbey as part of a trip, mostly to see the Abbey Gardens (private, only open 6 days a year). The abbey obviously borders the gardens so was a great backdrop. The building is in a good state of repair which is nice to see, although most of the original abbey has been looted and demolished. The interior has some lovely stone work and some of the ceiling bosses are still painted.
Athelstan's tomb (a medieval construction I think, certainly not Saxon) is inside and there are information boards on him and Anselm as well as some 15th century illuminated bibles.
Staff inside were very friendly and this felt less dead than most churches I've visited, it felt like it was still a used and useful part of the community so good work to the Malmesbury team there. Lovely little cafe too with fantastic cheese scones!
Written June 12, 2022
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journeymaid48
Fairport, NY1,033 contributions
May 2022
Malmesbury Abbey is a place that I could visit again and again. The church is a monument to England from the seventh century until today. Aethelstan was buried somewhere in the grounds. The library was the finest in medieval England. William of Malmesbury was the librarian and one of the most important of medieval chroniclers. The church was rebuilt as Romanesque by the Normans and later Gothic. The Malmesbury Bible was created there. The Abbey held the Shrine of St. Aldhelm until the dissolution of the monasteries. It is a wonderful place to see.
Written June 3, 2022
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Manfred B
54 contributions
May 2022
The Market Town of Malmsbury is dominated by the now ruined 12th. Century Abbey at its Centre. Only a third of the Abbey has survived.

Visitors can take an easy walk to the Market Cross and Market Square before walking down the Main Road to the Bridge, passing a number of picturesque buildings.

Malmsbury is well worth a visit when in Wiltshire.
Written May 30, 2022
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AwesomeladyUS
Atlanta, Georgia665 contributions
May 2022
This is the first capital of England and home to the first King, King Athelstan the Glorious who is buried here. Brother Elmer is said to be the first man to fly. It was home to the father of modern history and the father of English Philosophy--Thomas Hobb. Worship was shaped by the Celtic pilgrims and Benedictine monks. It has been part of the Church of England since the reformation. It was built in 1180.
Written May 22, 2022
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Ellie
53 contributions
Mar. 2022 • Family
I must start this review by saying that this is a stunning abbey which has been skilfully restored into a fully functioning church, and well worth a visit. However while we were looking around we were being constantly watched and followed by a lady, I think a member of the congregation which had just finished Sunday worship, who unfortunately obviously did not trust us walking around the abbey independently. This is not the welcoming environment you would hope from a great news place of worship and particularly upset my partner who is a Christian herself.
Written March 20, 2022
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Michael C
Derby, UK1,911 contributions
Aug. 2021
Although this church is largely in ruins, the remaining parts are absolutely beautiful and well cared-for by the townspeople. Just wandering around the interior is awe-inspiring and a wonderful experience.
Written November 6, 2021
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John C
Henley-on-Thames, UK56 contributions
Oct. 2021 • Friends
Interesting place to visit. The history of the town and it's Royal connection and the items on display were fascinating.
Coffee and cakes were lovely
Written October 15, 2021
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tarkamerl
Welshpool, UK56 contributions
Oct. 2021 • Couples
Malmesbury Abbery is a spectacular building, part ruin, part active place of worship and community space. We received a lovely warm welcome and could even enjoy looking around inside with our dogs. Fascinating history and incredible how much is left, despite the challenges the building has faced over the centuries. Well worth a visit.
Written October 13, 2021
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