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Haughmond Abbey Ruins

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Howard J wrote a review Dec 2020
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom148 contributions10 helpful votes
Although English Heritage the Abbey is now free to enter - Managed by an on-site Warden but no card view necessary.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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apophisguard wrote a review Oct 2020
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom1,083 contributions86 helpful votes
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Visited here as part of a photographic day out. Luckily I was able to park right by the Abbey, (there is a small free car park, with enough room for approx 7 cars). The ruins are very well kept and free of litter/graffiti - another bonus of it being out in the sticks. There is a private house on the grounds by the entrance, so I assume the occupant keeps and eye out for unruly behaviour - but please respect their privacy. There are plenty of ruins to look around over a fairly large area - the Abbey must have been quite a sight when complete, (thanks Henry)! The only covered area is a large room towards the far side of the site, which houses an ancient stone font. This looks like something from Arthurian legend and is very photogenic. Perfect for picnics, as said earlier, the site is quite large and there's plenty of space for picnic - just try and have them outside of the ruins, and not ruin the view for other visitors. As with all the sites, there are more and more woke millenial "parents" letting their children climb on the walls. As it's always somebody elses fault these days, when their little darling falls.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Simon Q wrote a review Sep 2020
23 contributions10 helpful votes
A great place to visit. Lots surviving, or reconstructed, so you can get a real sense of how the place functioned (helped by the info boards). Much better than anticipated and well worth an hour.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Tanyaimee wrote a review Sep 2020
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom5 contributions
We visited in September 2020 as part of our family getaway (couple with a dog). We thoroughly enjoyed looking around the ruins compared to some of the others we visited nearby and even had time to pose for some photo's. Great for a wonder and was pretty quiet too.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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David wrote a review Sep 2020
Minehead, United Kingdom24 contributions30 helpful votes
Visited three Shropshire abbeys in September and this was the best! Lovely location, fascinating ruins with plenty of information boards but also opportunities for 'ruin detectives' to try to fathom why things are as you see them. [Old Chapter House with Tudor style ceiling and windows - was this part of the mansion house which had been built from the Abbey after the dissolution?] Sad to see parents allowing children to climb on the walls - but no notices discouraging this so maybe its OK these days. The drive is a little rough, the car park a little small, so maybe this is why English heritage are not advertising the site more widely. A toilet facility would be welcome, but hey, its free entry these days so mustn't grumble. [There is a small museum but it is closed as there are no on-site staff. No doubt visitor income would not cover their wages.] Enjoyed a picnic sitting on the grass- about ten other family groups were doing the same, but despite it being a warm sunny Sunday it was really quiet and social distancing was not a problem.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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