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“Interesting for a stroll around”
Review of Croxden Abbey

Croxden Abbey
Reviewed 13 August 2018

We visited recently after being told about the ruins by a friend. It wasn't the easiest place to find and the parking is virtually non existent but the ruins were definitely worth a look. There are information boards in various places and we took some lovely photos. It's definitely a better experience when less people are there and on a sunny day ideal for a picnic. Having young children they had had enough after half an hour but it's definitely somewhere I would return to.

Thank Lucy P
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Reviewed 9 August 2018

This isn't remotely a 'destination' but it is worth making a detour and calling in. For us, it made an excellent meeting point. There's a defibrillator and a litter bin but no benches, no toilet and not much parking. A bit of a lottery I should think, depending on who else is there, with what vehicles and how carefully they park, but many won't be there all that long and you won't often be out of sight of a car or bike. There were a fair number of visitors late morning/lunch weekday in school holidays but never felt at all busy.

It's very pleasant ambling around the substantial ruins, imagining what it would be like to live in the adjoining farmhouse. There are interpretation boards with fairly brief but interesting information - all the monks were routinely leech-bled in rotation, eeeeeewwww. Stone coffins show that not not everyone was short in those days.

The approach frees you up to soak in the very peaceful atmosphere now and imagine what it would have been like. Watch out for the hazards though - those drop warning signs aren't joking. Right now, bring a bag for blackberry picking. There is a covered area where you could probably spread a picnic rug to eat if it was rainy but not blowy. Very beautiful tree planted in the 70s ?walnut.

The site is in two parts with the road going through the middle but the gates make it quite secure for children. The uneven ground and lack of defined route around the site would be difficult for anyone with significant mobility difficulties to see everything close up.

Well signed with brown English Heritage signs from Rocester, narrow road with passing places. We were going on afterwards to Pugin's Gem in nearby Cheadle which made quite a contrast. Length of visit is likely to be very weather dependent - most people were having a brief wander but if you were picnicking or just wanted to relax you could spend a long time here.

Thank dirtmother
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Reviewed 6 August 2018

Free and peaceful with plenty of info boards and enough of the ruins to easily see what is what. Some of the towers are in good condition. No facilities but a nice place to while away an hour.

Thank crispycard
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Reviewed 16 July 2018

Went to Alton towers recently and went to Croxden Abbey for an afternoon. It's a ruin of course, but worth half an hour of your time. It's set in pretty countryside in 2 fields which are lovely on a nice day.

There are information boards around the site to orient yourself and I must say I found it interesting. It's very peaceful and quite atmospheric.

However it's a bit tricky to find. DO use the GPS address from English heritage rather than put the abbey name in your phone map ap. Unfortunately we just put the name in our phone map and it took us completely the wrong way which made for a very frustrating afternoon. Also be warned the abbey is along several single lane roads which are busier than you would expect for single lane traffic, we had several nerve wracking moments both going to and from the abbey.

Parking isn't great, we parked at the side entrance, which is ok as long as it's not too busy, although I do believe there are one or two car spaces at the front entrance.

Thank LJC1
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Reviewed 15 May 2018 via mobile

Just down the road from where we were staying, lovely find. There are some boards around the site explaining what is what. It’s free to visit, there is a pull in right by it but can only fit 3 cars but is also free. Well worth a visit if you’re in the area.

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