Cleeve Abbey
Cleeve Abbey
4.5
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
In Washford lies one of the undiscovered jewels of Somerset, providing an interesting day out for families and budding historians alike. The Cistercian abbey of Cleeve is a haven of peace and tranquillity, said to contain the finest cloister buildings in England. Visitors today can catch a glimpse of monastic life 800 years ago; although the abbey church was destroyed by Henry VIII during the dissolution in 1536, the cloister buildings including the gatehouse, 15th century refectory with its glorious angel roof and 13th century heraldic tiles have survived remarkably intact. The great dormitory is one of the best examples in the country, and an exhibition and virtual tour tells the story of the abbey and daily life for the holy men that once inhabited it.
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  • Methusulah
    Poole, United Kingdom76 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historical
    Very interesting Abbey. I was amaxed at how well preseved the old buidings were, and the freedom to expl;ore. The site of the original church is still there, although, just the base. Henery 8th did a proper job when he wanted. No guided tours, small shop and a naching coffee. Which didnt detrat from the visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 7 July 2023
  • Beatrice H
    Exeter, United Kingdom2,758 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Real step back into history
    Fascinating well preserved and presented buildings and grounds. Easy parking and beautiful setting. One of the most important Cistercian abbeys to visit as so much still to see. No cafe but nice picnic areas
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 July 2023
  • Jane P
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well Worth a Visit
    A very enjoyable visit to this gem of a place in Somerset. Overlooked by many I’m sure but we’ll worth a visit.Friendly staff greeted us and were helpful to me with my walking aid. Clear descriptive information boards,interactive activities for children and adults! One volunteer I met on my travels sparked my imagination with his knowledge of the abbey and history in general . Three generations had a really enjoyable couple of hours
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 August 2023
  • mrsflight
    East Grinstead, United Kingdom235 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant afternoon
    Brilliant afternoon with the kids. It's a beautiful place with lots of interesting information. All the staff were really friendly and helpful. You can dress up as a monk and walk around the Abbey, which we really enjoyed! The kids did tile printing as well which they enjoyed. A great afternoon out.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 August 2023
  • Colin W
    Chulmleigh, United Kingdom132 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic
    I visited here on Sunday to see the Mineral line exhibition. I looked around the Abbey, then took the guided tour. That was so worth it! The guide was so knowledgeable and informative. She pointed out detail that i may have missed on my own. She knew every detail of the history throughout the ages. Wonderfully preserved, it was a fantastic day.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 8 September 2023
  • chynagirl1
    Sunderland, United Kingdom1,806 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth the money
    The site is bigger than it looks with some interesting displays and artifacts. When we went it was very quiet and on quiet days dogs are allowed everywhere only busy days restricted to the grounds. Enjoyable day out. Try the white horse pub down the road from the car park beautiful food and you can sit by the river and chill.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 September 2023
  • A B
    Tewkesbury, United Kingdom45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Monastery with a difference
    Cleeve Abbey is different from most abbey ruins in the UK in that a large number of the buildings are still standing. This includes the gatehouse, the refectory and the dormitory. You can see the sacristy, the abouts room and the warming room. The refectory has a fantastic wooden roof. The steward was really helpful and I would recommend the £4 guidebook You appreciate the scale of what was actually a fairly small monastery much better than when looking at ground level ruins.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 September 2023
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A B
Tewkesbury, UK45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Cleeve Abbey is different from most abbey ruins in the UK in that a large number of the buildings are still standing. This includes the gatehouse, the refectory and the dormitory. You can see the sacristy, the abouts room and the warming room. The refectory has a fantastic wooden roof. The steward was really helpful and I would recommend the £4 guidebook
You appreciate the scale of what was actually a fairly small monastery much better than when looking at ground level ruins.
Written 29 September 2023
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chynagirl1
Sunderland, UK1,806 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
The site is bigger than it looks with some interesting displays and artifacts. When we went it was very quiet and on quiet days dogs are allowed everywhere only busy days restricted to the grounds. Enjoyable day out. Try the white horse pub down the road from the car park beautiful food and you can sit by the river and chill.
Written 25 September 2023
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Colin W
Chulmleigh, UK132 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
I visited here on Sunday to see the Mineral line exhibition. I looked around the Abbey, then took the guided tour. That was so worth it! The guide was so knowledgeable and informative. She pointed out detail that i may have missed on my own. She knew every detail of the history throughout the ages.
Wonderfully preserved, it was a fantastic day.
Written 8 September 2023
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mrsflight
East Grinstead, UK235 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Brilliant afternoon with the kids. It's a beautiful place with lots of interesting information. All the staff were really friendly and helpful. You can dress up as a monk and walk around the Abbey, which we really enjoyed! The kids did tile printing as well which they enjoyed. A great afternoon out.
Written 31 August 2023
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Jane P
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
A very enjoyable visit to this gem of a place in Somerset. Overlooked by many I’m sure but we’ll worth a visit.Friendly staff greeted us and were helpful to me with my walking aid. Clear descriptive information boards,interactive activities for children and adults! One volunteer I met on my travels sparked my imagination with his knowledge of the abbey and history in general .
Three generations had a really enjoyable couple of hours
Written 25 August 2023
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Sarah B
Teignmouth, UK468 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
This is one of the most outstanding medieval monastic complexes still in existence in England (and I've visited quite a few). So many complete buildings and clearly visible layout. It's as if the monks left just a few months ago. It might have been just a small organisation (known as a Granddaughter House) back in the day but that seems to have worked in its favour as the destructive tendencies of the Dissolution seem to have been largely avoided. According to the English Heritage representative on the front desk this was a relatively poor set up with few of the riches that Henry VIII desired so, although it was one of the first to be dissolved, it was acquired by local farmers who maintained the buildings in order to make full use of them themselves. Thoroughly enjoyed our visit here. Very informative displays and boards and good access to all areas. There are two stone staircases to negotiate which might be tricky for anyone with mobility issues but worth visiting even if you decide to avoid these. Dog friendly in all areas, so Holly Terrier has advanced her historic education and had a good roll on the lawn. Parking is easy, in the large car park just across the road. Toilets on site. Perfectly good gift shop with helpful assistant. I went in the middle of the school summer holidays and it was quiet and calm. No gimmicks, no fuss, just history. You can really step back in time here and for those that read any historic novels set in monastic communities this is the place to come to set the scene.
Written 22 August 2023
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Beatrice H
Exeter, UK2,758 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Fascinating well preserved and presented buildings and grounds. Easy parking and beautiful setting. One of the most important Cistercian abbeys to visit as so much still to see. No cafe but nice picnic areas
Written 30 July 2023
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Methusulah
Poole, UK76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Very interesting Abbey. I was amaxed at how well preseved the old buidings were, and the freedom to expl;ore. The site of the original church is still there, although, just the base. Henery 8th did a proper job when he wanted. No guided tours, small shop and a naching coffee. Which didnt detrat from the visit.
Written 7 July 2023
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John B
Rossendale, UK80 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Lots to like about Cleeve Abbey, from the magnificent entrance to the lovely tiled floors and they certainly knew how to build a fireplace.
Written 5 December 2022
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PStadd
Dunstable, UK158 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
Extensive buildings, many enclosed, which makes a change for abbeys. Obviously the church was destroyed by Henry but there's lots of other rooms remaining. Offices, refectory. Good info boards and displays. We enjoyed looking at the near complete mosaic floor.
Little education room where the kids can make their own mosaic floor layout. Well thought out. Small shop. Clean toilet. No cafe. Good ice cream.
Written 4 September 2022
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