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Cleeve Abbey

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Preservation at its best.

Lovely place to visit with or without children, so much history beautifully restored and set in... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Amazing Abbey, one of the best

This was a complete surprise. With hardly any advertising it seems a bit forgotten but we had time... read more

Reviewed 7 November 2018
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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Boasting the most impressively complete and unaltered set of monastic cloister buildings in England. Standing roofed and two storeys high, they include the gatehouse, the 15h century refectory with its glorious angel rood; unusual painted chamberand...more
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Cleeve Abbey Abbey Road, Washford, Watchet TA23 0PS, England
+44 1984 640377
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Reviewed yesterday

Lovely place to visit with or without children, so much history beautifully restored and set in super surroundings.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank SwindonMaggots
Reviewed 7 November 2018

This was a complete surprise. With hardly any advertising it seems a bit forgotten but we had time to stop and were so pleased we did. This was an amazing example of an Abbey with so much left in tact. Very interesting display boards, and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 16 October 2018

We visited Cleeve Abbey whilst in the area, not really knowing much about it. Absolutely breathtaking. The majority of the abbey is still in tact or has been restored, giving a great sense of what life would be like. Very informative, plenty of information all...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank kir2
Reviewed 16 October 2018

A must for all the family. Very interesting site, stunning grounds and a place I have frequently visited on stays in Somerset. Loved by all the family.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank EX33Sharon
Reviewed 9 October 2018 via mobile

Wealth of history, stories, architecture. Walk in the footsteps of the Abbey Monks and get a feel of how things changed across the centuries.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Steve P
Reviewed 6 October 2018

Cleeve Abbey is like a deep study in period history. It's set up as a vastly educational as well as interesting experience. The English heritage woman attendant on duty was informed, ever so bright, totally generous with delightful tidbits and earnest interactive discussion. (EH membership's...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank preglad
Reviewed 1 October 2018

This was very interesting much more to look round than I had anticipated. Well worth a visit. You can even catch the little steam train to Washford to visit it. Judy

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Judith T
Reviewed 25 September 2018 via mobile

Really nice historic place to visit. Peaceful surrounding, very clean and tidy. Reasonable price. Worth a visit.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank BuilthFoodie
Reviewed 14 September 2018 via mobile

As we are members of English Heritage a visit to this site is worth a quick visit. Having visited several such places this one has several interesting features. There are the usual information boards with reconstruction pictures to give a good idea of what each...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Mjvhav
Reviewed 28 August 2018

Hidden in the tranquil backwaters not far off the A39 this is a splendidly spiritual reminder of why this site was chosen for an abbey. Delightfully presented insight into religious history. Popular for wedding ceremonies too. Educational and relaxing cultural experience for all the family.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Hannah B
8 January 2018|
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Response from Gryke | Reviewed this property |
You could easily drive from London, visit Cleeve Abbey and return home in one day. However, in my opinion it would be rather tiring! Otherwise take Jean's advice.
Nicky T
15 June 2017|
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Response from FennJR | Reviewed this property |
We were allowed the dog in the grounds but not in the buildings.
Trish V
15 May 2017|
Response from willowgroves | Reviewed this property |
If you are interested in the architecture and history of the abbey I would suggest probably 45 - 60 minutes inside and maybe 30 - 45 minutes walking around the exterior and looking in the shop. Cleve Abbey is not a large... More