Great Malvern Priory
Great Malvern Priory
4.5
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  • Geoff H
    Sissinghurst, United Kingdom16,297 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    Towering above Great Malvern is the Priory Church of St Mary and St Michael (also known as Great Malvern Priory). Well worth a visit, the Priory's exterior is imposing and chequered (from the different shades of sandstone) and above the porch is a beautiful carving of St Mary. As Great Malvern Priory did not suffer during Henry VIII's 'Dissolution of the Monasteries', inside there are surviving parts of the original Benedictine monastic priory notably the stained glass windows. the carved monks' stalls and a wall of medieval tiles. However, it is not all medieval because there is also an ornately carved war memorial (which originally commemorated those who fell during the First World War). In the Priory's St Anne's Chapel Chantry there is the stone coffin of Prior Walcher (the second Prior of Great Malvern) who was a renowned mathematician of the late 11th century and who is also regarded as being England's first astronomer. Prior Walcher is also commemorated in a wrought-iron gateway into the grounds of the Priory, where there is also an interesting sundial.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 16 July 2023
  • Sally
    London, United Kingdom7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Stained Glass
    We visited the priory on a weekday and were greeted by a lovely lady who gave us a personal tour of the priory. She obviously loved the building and was very knowledgeable about the history of the priory pointing out the different types of stained glass, the mediaeval tiles and the special Narnia keyhole at the back of the church. There were musicians rehearsing for a lunchtime concert, which was a nice backdrop.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 August 2023
  • El S
    Birmingham, United Kingdom253 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Look carefully, this is a place packed with interest
    Totally surprised by the Priory and Great Malvern. The exterior is unique and exceptional to take in. The history isn’t just local, but international importance to mathematics from the 1100’s and then later in history towards WW2 and the scientists living there. Medieval tiles everywhere inside the Priory. For an ancient building it feels well connected to the present and the life of its local community too. The shop was good too, including cards and souvenirs.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 August 2023
  • Not disclosed
    271 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't miss this beautiful Priory
    A historic Priory with history going back to 14 c. Magnificent stained glass windows, one of which is nearly the largest in England. Also stunning millineum windows which are worth seeing. We had a knowledgeable volunteer guide tell us about the history of the Priory. There are frequent concerts at lunchtime, which are free.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 19 August 2023
  • JRiverWind
    Mohawk, Tennessee157 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Hidden Narnian Gem
    We had a great experience at the Priory! The greeter was a young man named Jimmy who was very enthusiastic about sharing the history of the place. When we asked him where the keyhole was that inspired the part in the book where Lucy looks through and sees the gas lit lamp he was a bit shocked because no one had told him this was the place! Within 10 minutes we found it and he was so excited because this is a childhood memory of his and many other young British youth. Sure enough, at the back of the priory we found the “wardrobe” and we looked through the keyhole and there was the gas lantern in the “forest”. There was something very special about looking through that keyhole and watching him look through it for the first time. While the rest of the place was incredible, beautiful, and eerie (check out the mercy seat pictures) the Narnia experience was the best and a must see when you are in this area. The inspiration for Tolkien and Lewis’s writings.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 August 2023
  • david n
    Manchester, United Kingdom4,677 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unexpectedly a top place
    Not quite sure what to expect but this abbey was just lovely. From the welcoming, friendly lady when we entered to the magnificent Great East window to the wooden carvings on choir seats, we thoroughly enjoyed our visit. So, much so that as well as donating we also bought a book on their stained glass windows ! Well-recommended.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 August 2023
  • Ella B
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely, historic priory!
    We had a lovely time at the Great Malvern Priory on the way to the hills. The vicar, Rod, very kindly gave us a fascinating tour of some of the historic highlights of the church. The stained-glass windows were a particular highlight. We would highly recommend stopping by!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 November 2023
  • JackieDazzler
    Liverpool, United Kingdom134 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pretty Priory
    Some amazing stained glass windows. I really liked the modern ones in the millennium section. Also 15th century carvings in the misery seats. It’s where the monks sat. Having works done at the moment but still a place to take time to have a look.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 2 March 2024
  • S.M.
    30 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ancient, modernized church
    The remains of an ancient Priory. There is both more and less than I expected. What remains of the medieval glass in the windows has been moved around a lot and is therefore difficult to find if you are looking for specific things as I was. The famous medieval tiles are now all stuck to a wall which certainly makes them easier to see. There were a number of men moving heavy pieces of wood but when one noticed I have my phone open with a specific piece of stained glass displayed, he came over to ask if he could help. It took all 4 of us to find where it was now and in between, they all volunteered information about the church which they clearly love. For anyone who like the stained glass by modern artist Thomas Denny - there is a large window of it. For those looking for the window donated by Richard Duke of Gloucester in the 15th C - much of it has been scattered through the church or lost.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 3 May 2024
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S.M.
30 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
The remains of an ancient Priory. There is both more and less than I expected. What remains of the medieval glass in the windows has been moved around a lot and is therefore difficult to find if you are looking for specific things as I was. The famous medieval tiles are now all stuck to a wall which certainly makes them easier to see. There were a number of men moving heavy pieces of wood but when one noticed I have my phone open with a specific piece of stained glass displayed, he came over to ask if he could help. It took all 4 of us to find where it was now and in between, they all volunteered information about the church which they clearly love.
For anyone who like the stained glass by modern artist Thomas Denny - there is a large window of it. For those looking for the window donated by Richard Duke of Gloucester in the 15th C - much of it has been scattered through the church or lost.
Written 3 May 2024
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JackieDazzler
Liverpool, UK134 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Some amazing stained glass windows. I really liked the modern ones in the millennium section. Also 15th century carvings in the misery seats. It’s where the monks sat. Having works done at the moment but still a place to take time to have a look.
Written 2 March 2024
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Malvern Dragon
Malvern Wells, UK3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
Tower tour recommended - fascinating stuff. Bellringing demo and chance to 'have a go' half -way up, followed by a visit to the roof. Not for the claustrophobic or unfit though!
Written 28 November 2023
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Ella B
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
We had a lovely time at the Great Malvern Priory on the way to the hills. The vicar, Rod, very kindly gave us a fascinating tour of some of the historic highlights of the church. The stained-glass windows were a particular highlight. We would highly recommend stopping by!
Written 19 November 2023
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TJA950
Gillingham, UK1,558 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
If you get the chance this is worth popping in for it is a beautiful Church with some magnificent stained glass. It is free and a lovely place to spend half an hour walking round to admire the stunning building.
Written 20 October 2023
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MountainHare_10
Edinburgh, UK38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Fascinating place. Such a history and lots of interest inside, brought out by our guide. Cathedral proportions - the term priory suggests something much smaller.
Written 26 September 2023
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david n
Manchester, UK4,677 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Not quite sure what to expect but this abbey was just lovely. From the welcoming, friendly lady when we entered to the magnificent Great East window to the wooden carvings on choir seats, we thoroughly enjoyed our visit. So, much so that as well as donating we also bought a book on their stained glass windows !

Well-recommended.
Written 31 August 2023
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JRiverWind
Mohawk, TN157 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We had a great experience at the Priory! The greeter was a young man named Jimmy who was very enthusiastic about sharing the history of the place. When we asked him where the keyhole was that inspired the part in the book where Lucy looks through and sees the gas lit lamp he was a bit shocked because no one had told him this was the place!

Within 10 minutes we found it and he was so excited because this is a childhood memory of his and many other young British youth. Sure enough, at the back of the priory we found the “wardrobe” and we looked through the keyhole and there was the gas lantern in the “forest”.

There was something very special about looking through that keyhole and watching him look through it for the first time. While the rest of the place was incredible, beautiful, and eerie (check out the mercy seat pictures) the Narnia experience was the best and a must see when you are in this area. The inspiration for Tolkien and Lewis’s writings.
Written 29 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Not disclosed
271 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
A historic Priory with history going back to 14 c. Magnificent stained glass windows, one of which is nearly the largest in England. Also stunning millineum windows which are worth seeing. We had a knowledgeable volunteer guide tell us about the history of the Priory. There are frequent concerts at lunchtime, which are free.
Written 19 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

El S
Birmingham, UK253 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Totally surprised by the Priory and Great Malvern. The exterior is unique and exceptional to take in. The history isn’t just local, but international importance to mathematics from the 1100’s and then later in history towards WW2 and the scientists living there. Medieval tiles everywhere inside the Priory. For an ancient building it feels well connected to the present and the life of its local community too.

The shop was good too, including cards and souvenirs.
Written 10 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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