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St. Augustine's Abbey

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Address: St. Augustines Abbey Longport | Winter opening hours- only open Saturday and Sunday 10am - 4pm, Canterbury CT1 1PF, England
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US$77.26*
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Day-Trip to Canterbury and Dover from London
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Great Abbey

It was founded shortly after AD 597 by St Augustine. it is part of the Canterbury World Heritage Site, along with the cathedral and St Martin's Church. The impressive abbey is... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It was founded shortly after AD 597 by St Augustine. it is part of the Canterbury World Heritage Site, along with the cathedral and St Martin's Church. The impressive abbey is situated outside the city walls and is sometimes missed by visitors. At the abbey, you can also enjoy the museum and free audio tour. Further if you go, you... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

Sadly there is little left of this monastery that sits at the back of the Canterbury Cathedral built in the 14th century but it is worth a visit and you might imagine what it looked like back when was operating.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

We could see what we wanted to see at the Abbey without paying the entry fee. We asked if we could have a look in the shop and were told we had to pay a fee to enter the shop as a museum was attached, so we left.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

We didn't think we'd be visiting the ruins very long but ended up there about 2 hours. It has an interesting history and is well presented.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Although a great deal of it is in ruins (thanks to Henry VIII and the local people who 're-cycled' the stones for other building projects), it conveys a very tranquil feeling, and the grounds are large and what remains of the buildings enables one to be able to conjecture what it must have been like Pre-Reformation

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Close to Canterbury Centre and worth including in your visit to explore Canterbury. Parking close by is a bit pricey or take the Park and Ride at £3 per car. On site shop, loos and good exhibition of artifacts relevant to the Abbey. The site itself is open and the remains of the Abbey are part excavated. Good interpretation boards... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

The site is mostly in ruins, but it is very easy to feel the scale of what existed. The audio guide also helps to walk visitors through the site's history from the beginning to its current state, and all the periods in between.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

The Abbey dates back to AD 597 and even though it is mostly in ruins you can see the size it was and for parts to still be standing centuries later is really incredible. The narrated tour is a must to be able to understand what is what and when it was built, etc. One of the highlights of my... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

Beautiful peaceful site. Though not as much of the buildings remain as some sites you can still get an indication of the size and scope of the Abbey etc and the audio tour guide gives a lot of useful information to enable you to get an idea of how it was. Well worth the visit.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

Having been to the nearby Cathedral beforehand was probably a mistake. There is very little of any abbey on the site. What one is treated to is largely the remnants of residual remnants. In order to fully appreciate the site one probably needs to spend some time in the souvenir shop and reading the guidebooks before going on the walkabout.... More 

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