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Shaftesbury Abbey Museum & Garden

Park Walk, Shaftesbury SP7 8JR, England
+44 1747 852910
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Small museum and the outline of the former abbey

There is a small museum as you enter showcasing some of the finds from the abbey site, which one... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Katrien S
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Ghent, Belgium
A historic place to visit

The history or this ancient Abbey is well worth a visit and the museum gives you a clear... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Pippa354
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Shaftesbury, United Kingdom
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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 yesterday

There is a small museum as you enter showcasing some of the finds from the abbey site, which one can also visit. The abbey was build in 708 by King Alfred, and his daughter was the first abbess, this being the first female monastery. The...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The history or this ancient Abbey is well worth a visit and the museum gives you a clear understanding of what happened over time in this pretty town.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The only things left from the abbey are the foundations. They have planted a small beautiful garden among the ruins where you can walk around and listen to the audio guide, free with your £3 pounds entrance fee. The day was beautiful and we sat...More

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Reviewed 3 June 2018

This little museum and garden were a delight. The garden is full of wild flowers and the museum doors open out onto the quest and tranquil garden where the old abbey walls are. Plenty of historical information available and lovely friendly staff.

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Reviewed 22 May 2018

Enthusiastic volunteers staff the museum and audio or printed guides that come with the entry fee are available in several languages. With numbers on the exhibits which you dial into the audio guide in any order, you’re free to wander and see as much or...More

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Reviewed 20 May 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed visiting the Shaftesbury Abbey Museum and Garden. The museum and gardens are well laid out and an audio guide helps in understanding it all.

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Reviewed 26 February 2018

Great to wonder around without many other visitors. Not sure what it would be like in the school holidays. Lovely walk around the edge of the town

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Reviewed 25 February 2018

Not open in February during the week, we were able to visit on a Saturday, when it opened at 10 am. £3 entry, £2.50 concessions, includes an audio guide. These are new and though work fine up to about number 25, after that, the numbers...More

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Reviewed 11 February 2018 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

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Reviewed 2 February 2018 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
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