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Shaftesbury Abbey Museum & Garden

Park Walk, Shaftesbury SP7 8JR, England
+44 1747 852910
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Tranquility

An interesting bit of historical background and handheld commentary to help the visitor reimagine... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Seefoodie
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Shaldon, United Kingdom
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Enjoyable visit

Took a client for an outing. Staff were friendly, lots of interesting info to learn about, shop a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Jeanne D
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The excavated foundations of this once important and influential Abbey lie in a peaceful walled garden, with a medieval orchard and extensive herb garden. Founded in 888 by King Alfred the Great, Shaftesbury Abbey was the first Benedictine nunnery only for women. The museum brings to life the story of the Abbey and its inhabitants with dramatic displays of medieval stonework and an interactive virtual tour. There is a free audio tour, printed guides in European languages and a children's trail and activities.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Park Walk, Shaftesbury SP7 8JR, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

An interesting bit of historical background and handheld commentary to help the visitor reimagine what once stood here. But it was the sense of peace and tranquility enhanced by a robin's song and a pretty black cat that made this visit. Lovely far reaching views...More

Thank Seefoodie
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Took a client for an outing. Staff were friendly, lots of interesting info to learn about, shop a little commercial and “fake”, gardens were pleasant enough.

Thank Jeanne D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Having lived in the area for 12 years I am sorry that I waited until now to visit - what a wonderful place to learn the history of this beautiful hill top town!

Thank foodlover1971
Reviewed 5 January 2018

This abbey was started by King Alfred and his daughter was the first abbess. King Edward the Martyr was buried here and King Cnut died here. It was a very wealthy nunnery, with two tithe barns. No remains more then a foot above ground, but...More

Thank Owenthomas
Reviewed 15 December 2017

These are lovely ruins. We got there late in the day so we had to rush. We enjoyed the audio tour and learned some interesting facts.

Thank SunnyJunket
Reviewed 15 October 2017

An excellent find and good value for money as the entrance fee includes the audio guides which provide a very comprehensive coverage of the ruins and also the plants in the gardens. Superb hour or so spent wandering the gardens, the ruins and the indoor...More

Thank swh61
Reviewed 11 October 2017

Small, but interesting. I thought the large church behind the gardens was part of the 'Abbey' so was disappointed (should have realised!) that it was just the stones in the garden! Don't bother if its raining as it is mostly outside. The staff were very...More

Thank Diana1030
Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

Only £3 to enter which is very reasonable as it's a lovely setting and the gardens offer a very tranquil spot in front of The Abbey. Nice easy walk along the path in front of the walls over looking the valley. Then headed down to...More

Thank Restless59
Reviewed 21 September 2017 via mobile

Great quiet place to visit. Plenty of space for young people to run around and not get into trouble. Will definitely visit again.

Thank Louisezone
Reviewed 21 September 2017

An interesting bit of historical background and handheld commentary to help the visitor reimagine what once stood here. But it was the sense of peace and tranquility enhanced by a robin's song and a pretty black cat that made this visit. Lovely far reaching views...More

Thank Seefoodie
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