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Sawley Abbey

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Ancient Ruins in tranquil settings

Although this was destroyed in the reformation there is quite a lot to see. There are information... read more

Reviewed 25 October 2018
Blackpool, United Kingdom
Tranquil and melancholy

Sawley Abbey was a Cistercian Abbey founded in 1146. It existed until its dissolution in 1536... read more

Reviewed 17 October 2018
Richard A
Tweed Heads, Australia
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Reviewed 25 October 2018

Although this was destroyed in the reformation there is quite a lot to see. There are information boards describing each section. It was built in the late 12th century. The Cisterian Monks lived, worked and worshipped there. It’s a step back in time when you...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 17 October 2018

Sawley Abbey was a Cistercian Abbey founded in 1146. It existed until its dissolution in 1536. Its Grade I listed ruins are now administered by English Heritage. Easy parking is available right outside and there is no charge to visit. I had the whole place...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Richard A
Reviewed 21 July 2018

Free to enter, the ruins of Sawley abbey - dissolved in the 16th century - are well worth a visit. A great place to fire the imagination. And a great location, too, with the River Ribble and delights of Sawley (such as the wonderful Spread...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 25 June 2018

Free entrance. Easy to park. Lovely picnic location. Very chilled out with beautiful views of Pendle Hill. Great playground next to it, making for a lovely afternoon

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Gemma D
Reviewed 11 May 2018 via mobile

We found this Abbey quite by chance on our way to Clitheroe. I enjoyed walking around the grounds looking at the ruins, and could imagine the original layout of the Abbey with the help of a few information boards. I think there could be more...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 11 February 2018

I love this place it so stress free and tranqual. The world stop will you are in here and it's free to get in.it take half a hour to have a slow look around .

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed 25 October 2017

Britain has some wonderful monastic ruins. Those like Fountains are certainly spectacular, but also commercial and usually packed with visitors. In contrast, I had the ruins at Sawley all to myself on a visit during the October half term break. Not as grand as Fountains...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank David H
Reviewed 26 August 2017 via mobile

Beautiful ruins, fascinating place. Despite being a ruin site, it is easy to imagine the scale and grandeur of the original building with the informative signs dotted about in the grounds. Such an amazing piece of history in a beautiful English village.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank jkG4441MS
Reviewed 16 August 2017

Set in the hills of North Yorkshire, the ruins of Sawley Abbey have a strange atmosphere to them. There's little left, but just enough to use the imagination to see how it must have looked in its prime.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank KevinSadler2364
Reviewed 24 July 2017

Whilst it is interesting to walk round the ruins it needs quite a lot of imagination to work out which bits are which. Standing there with your imagination and the sheep bleeting is very relaxing.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Calcarb C
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