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Address: High Street, Dorchester-on-Thames OX10 7HH, England
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+44 1865 340007
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08:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Dorchester Abbey is a significant historic building, having been a place of...

Dorchester Abbey is a significant historic building, having been a place of worship, witness and pilgrimage for more than a millennium. It has a unique C13th sculptural stained glass Jesse Window, an C11th lead font and C14th wall paintings. A Museum and Tea Room is open from April to September. Tours available (see website for more details).

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For such a small village, the Abbey is a surprise due to the scale of the main church that still remains. There are some old wall paintings still visible, the carvings on the 3... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Newbury, United Kingdom
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Newbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

For such a small village, the Abbey is a surprise due to the scale of the main church that still remains. There are some old wall paintings still visible, the carvings on the 3 East window mullions are ornate and there are still some floor brasses in situ. There was a small gallery to the side with additional carved stones... More 

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Harrow, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been a few times, most recently with an elderly relative who's interested in such things. We spent a good couple of hours studying the abbey, which has a very interesting history, and the information presented really brings it to life. Also, the whole milieu is very pleasant. Otherwise I mainly go there for the excellent concerts, which are top-notch... More 

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Winnipeg
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

We were fortunate enough to visit while the interactive Narnia exhibit was still on last autumn. Those who put it together did a fantastically good job of utilizing various parts of the Abbey to help set the stages and to tell the stories. This kind of community outreach is seldom seen. It was so pleasant to see children running joyfully... More 

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Thank WinnipegNewman
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

We went to the abbey shortly before a wedding was about to happen so it was decked out with flowers. It is very big inside and has stained glass windows and a big organ.

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Thank Jetsetter d
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

If you go to Dorchester Abbey be sure to go on Wed, Thurs, Sat, Sun or bank holiday Monday afternoons so that you can also visit the Dorchester Abbey tea rooms! Run by local villagers the home-baked goodness is well worth the trip. Sample as many as you like, pay a small amount and tally up your own tea and... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

we were delighted with the welcome we received and information to assist us as we explored. A beautiful Abby and a testament to our ancestors skills

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Thank 101Janet_L
Henley-on-Thames
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

We are regular visitors to the Abbey, being long time supporters of the Orchestra of St Johns and Benson Choral Society. The venue is very special and the the Abbey has been lovingly restored to its old beauty. The small museum, close by the Abbey is well worth a visit.

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Thank broadplatters
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Very interesting with lots of amazing stained glass & information everywhere. A feeling that it is very well used by the community. Lady gave us a lot more stories about people who had helped to make it what it is now. Strangely enough when we got home we watched a Midsomer Murders & it was featured in it.

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Thank roy_dutton
Oxford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

What a lovely quite hidden find. The village is really lovely in itself anyway & the Abbey a delightful surprise & set amidst nice surroundings. Don't expect a huge edifice. It is just a very perfect example of grand architecture on a smaller scale. I am not religious at all but found the abbey itself very beautiful & peaceful with... More 

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Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Had heard about the Abbey but had not been before. Thought it was beautiful, so light and airy for such an old building.

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