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Address: Mosteroyveien, 4156, Norway

Utstein Monastery is Norway's only well-preserved medieval monastery. The...

Utstein Monastery is Norway's only well-preserved medieval monastery. The buildings were originally intended as a royal residence, but an Augustinian monastery was founded there in around 1265. After the reformation in 1537, the monastery and its property were returned to the crown, and it subsequently came into private ownership. The property has been in public ownership since 1935. Today, it is run as a museum and conference centre. Concerts are also held there. The cultural landscape around the monastery is protected by law.

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Good for business team meals

Really enjoyed an entertaining guided tour. Charming location, very friendly service in the restaurant, delicious food. Only gripe is that food could have been warmer (suggestion... read more

Reviewed 6 November 2016
Eastern Norway, Norway
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Stavanger, Norway
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Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

Had a nice guided tour trough the monastery in December. A 40 min trip from Stavanger centre. Nice to see such an old building, in such a good standard - and still in use for weddings and church. The guide have stories about the monks, slaves and love stories. - and the ghost! You can even stay the nights here,... More 

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Eastern Norway, Norway
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Reviewed 6 November 2016

Really enjoyed an entertaining guided tour. Charming location, very friendly service in the restaurant, delicious food. Only gripe is that food could have been warmer (suggestion to restaurant - plate warmers help a lot if other options are not viable). Skilled chefs, friendly and helpful, relaxed service staff. Charming location.

Thank drlambda
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2016

We visited Utstein Kloster because of a family connection. It is a wonderfully restored site with all sorts of historical connections. My ancestors originated at one of the farms owned by the kings who used this castle as a royal residence - later owned by the church. It is one of the oldest abbeys in Norway. It is a very... More 

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Fishers, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 June 2016

We visited the Utstein Kloster as part of our shore excursion during our Norway cruise. We were so glad we had a chance to make a visit to Utstein Kloster. The drive to Utstein from Stavanger port area was absolutely beautiful. Our tour began with an organ recital in the room leading to the chapel. We had some Norwegian pancakes... More 

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Reviewed 17 April 2016 via mobile

Unfortunately the monastery was closed when I arrived but the history is everywhere and very tangible. Well worth the drive.

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Kristiansand, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2016 via mobile

Maybe unique of it's kind in Norway due to the good shape the monastery still is in. It's history traces back to the Viking era and might have ties to the famous Harald Hårfagre. What a great little 25 min drive from Stavanger city centre :)

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 September 2015

If you don't have a strong interest in monasteries or the medieval period or renovated historical sites, Utstein will not convert you. I actually enjoyed the lovely setting, but Norway is full of stunning sites. The two reasons I didn't give this a high rating as an attraction is the experience of the site itself and the problem that if... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 August 2015

it is a beautiful construction from the mid 1200's. the grounds are well kept and the nearby scenery makes up for the distance from the center, +- miles. i'd say it will be a little boring for kids but they will enjoy it a little!

Thank Rey G
Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 12 August 2015 via mobile

We were lucky to be with a business group which planned dinner at the Abbey. I think this can only be done by pre-planed special arrangement. It was fantastic. The Abbey itself is out of the way and needs a car. It is a beautifully preserved abbey in a pastoral setting. Still functions as a Church. Worth a visit if... More 

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Cary, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 208 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 July 2015

One of 2 stops on our tour of Stavanger. Well preserved church & living quarters. It has been added to & modified numerous times since it first became an Abbey in about 1200AD. Prior to that time it had been part of a royal estate in the time of King Fairhair around 1000AD. All the buildings have been beautifully redone... More 

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