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Cleeve Abbey

Cleeve Abbey Abbey Road, Washford, Watchet TA23 0PS, England
+44 370 333 1181
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This place really brings the story of life in the abbey to life. We chanced upon this treasure and... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
FennJR
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Stamford, United Kingdom
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Worth a look if you like historic buildings

Caught the steam train from Minehead and visited the Abbey which is a10 min walk from Washford... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
dr7575
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Boasting the most impressively complete and unaltered set of monastic cloister buildings in England. Standing roofed and two storeys high, they include the gatehouse, the 15h century refectory with its glorious angel rood; unusual painted chamberand the floor of an earlier refectory. An exhibition and touch screen virtual tour tell the story of abbey life and a story bag is an ideal way for families to explore the site. Child friendly and dog friendly.
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Cleeve Abbey Abbey Road, Washford, Watchet TA23 0PS, England
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place really brings the story of life in the abbey to life. We chanced upon this treasure and it truly was value for money. There are some very fascinating artefacts on display. Very worthwhile. Also dog friendly in the grounds.

Thank FennJR
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Caught the steam train from Minehead and visited the Abbey which is a10 min walk from Washford Station. You get a special reduced entry fee if you have a rail ticket which is worth knowing. The Abbey is bigger than it looks from the road...More

Thank dr7575
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Whilst this abbey lacks the 'romantic church ruins' that you find at Fountains or Rievaulx it more than makes up for this with the relatively complete set of ancillary buildings that offers a glimpse into the domestic set up. It's remarkably preserved (it was a...More

Thank Philip_Marsh
Reviewed 15 May 2017

Visited this interesting abbey on a lovely day in May. I did not expect so many buildings to be intact. The history is fascinating and the information boards are clear and very informative. The pavement area has been carefully conserved in a separate building. There...More

Thank _angela_bullock
Reviewed 11 May 2017 via mobile

When I visited this remanent of monastic England there was only one other person present. The abbey is a place of peace and tranquility; which resonates with the timeless echoes of the Cistercian Monks that worked and worshipped together. Following the dissolution of the Monestries...More

Thank willowgroves
Reviewed 8 May 2017

Have passed end of road numerous times without stopping. Stopped today and what a surprise. A beautiful, peaceful setting. Staff member was very pleasant and helpful. Could not fault. Abbey was beautiful and unexpectedly well preserved. Medieval flooring was amazing. Grounds well kept. Sun was...More

Thank terence047
Reviewed 27 April 2017 via mobile

Wonderful Abbey, well hidden and beautifully kept. Reasonably priced and friendly welcoming staff. Free parking also a bonus.

Thank Gavin H
Reviewed 14 April 2017

A lovely little Abbey, made special by how much is preserved. The lady working there that day was wonderfully welcoming.

Thank Kathryn B
Reviewed 14 April 2017

Only intended to pop in on the way home from Minehead but we were enchanted by this palce. Its a splendid Abbey with a surprising number of original buildings with very sympathetic restoration. Only just off the main road so easily found but a very...More

Thank Ron P
Reviewed 5 April 2017

Cleeve Abbey was a Cistercian Abbey dissolved by Henry V11. Although used as a farmhouse at one point, it remains in wonderful condition. There are beautiful wall paintings and an excellent carved wooden roof over the refectory. One of the few complete examples of a...More

Thank GloucesterCromar
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Nicky T
Can you take dog? Thx
15 June 2017|
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Response from FennJR | Reviewed this property |
We were allowed the dog in the grounds but not in the buildings.
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Trish V
Hi. How long should I plan to spend at Cleeve Abby? Thanks!
15 May 2017|
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Response from willowgroves | Reviewed this property |
If you are interested in the architecture and history of the abbey I would suggest probably 45 - 60 minutes inside and maybe 30 - 45 minutes walking around the exterior and looking in the shop. Cleve Abbey is not a large... More
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anne h
With my mum who is not great at slowest. How hilly us it?
14 May 2017|
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Response from terence047 | Reviewed this property |
Completely flat.
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