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Croxden Abbey
Reviewed 6 April 2018

These tiny islands must contain more historic sites then anywhere else on Earth. Quite by accident I found Croxden Abbey, I saw it in my road atlas and being nearby I visited. It is amazing and is a credit to English Heritage for the way the place is maintained and it's history explained and displayed.
There are sufficient remains on site to give an accurate impression of what the original complex looked like. There are also artefacts displayed in a very attractive barn-like building together with illustrations of how the place looked in it's heyday. Much of the original tower remains. Many archways remain intact.
A novel feature is how the road through the village now passes through what was the central nave of the original Abbey.
Well worth a visit and it's free!
Parking is available on site and is also free.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank jrdo5959
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Reviewed 4 December 2017

The ruins are well maintained and free to view for the public. There is sufficient parking nearby and easy access

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Al-Shumba
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Reviewed 13 November 2017 via mobile

We happened by the site by accident and I am so pleased that we did. The site is very well preserved with informative signage and wonderful photo opportunities. We explored thoroughly and really enjoyed ourselves. A real hidden gem!

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Blackheathian
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Reviewed 6 October 2017

Best to read about the place before you visit. You can spend an hour walking around the ruins and, if the weather is fine, another hour just relaxing on the lawns taking in the beautiful countryside and listening to the birds. Ashbourne is about 9miles also a lovely place to visit with antique shops, interesting buildings and tea rooms. Also if you leave the ruins and go through the hamlet of Great Gate (half a mile from St Giles church seen from the ruins) although you drive along extremely narrow lanes, find Sandy Lane (over the ford and bear right) through Winnothdale onto Dimmingdale (about another 1.5 miles). Here you can park and walk through the most beautiful woodlands I've seen in this country. It's a superb walk and a fantastic tea room to find called the Rambler's Retreat. If you like walking, you could have a great day walking the whole route. You will love the scenery and although about 8 miles round trip, not hard but have good foot ware for the metalled lanes. Best to start at Dimmingsdale and park at the public car park by Rambler's Retreat. But you must visit Croxden Abbey (on foot recommended only if your fit: remember, you have to walk back!).

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed 29 August 2017

Pretty cool abbey down a county lane. As everyone said so far... 2-3 car parking at most. The abbey is right next to a farm-like house and looks like part of the complex is part of the house.
Free! Easy place to relax, sit down and have a picnic.
We were the only people there so we had it all to ourselves to ramble around in.

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Tabzenator
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