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What are your favorite abbeys in England, Scotland, Wales

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What are your favorite abbeys in England, Scotland, Wales

I'm trying to plan an approximate 2-week itinerary flying in and out of Manchester and hoping to spend at least a day each in Wales and Scotland. The more I read about, the more I want to see. I really need some help in narrowing down which abbeys are must-sees. I've read about Rievaulx, Melrose, Jedburgh, Dryburgh, Fountains and Tinturn Abbeys. Which are your favorites (have I missed some) and worth getting off the beaten path to see? Do they all start to look the same after visiting a few of them? Will my children (early 20s) find them interesting?If there are other nearby attractions that are must-sees, that would be bonus points in my book since we're hoping to see a lot of sites in our limited time in the U.K.

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1. Re: What are your favorite abbeys in England, Scotland, Wales

Apart from Tintern, your abbeys are either in the Borders or Yorkshire so could easily be seen together.

Rievaulx and Whitby would be my favourites from Yorkshire. Whitby has many attractions. I think Dracula is buried in the church-yard...

The Borders abbeys all have different qualities. You can see them all, and I don't think any two look alike, although your children might get a bit of abbey overload. Melrose town is quite attractive with several unique shops.

The only other one I would make an effort to see is Iona, but it is at the end of a long, long well-beaten path, and you would need 2 ferries to get there. However, unlike almost every other abbey, it has a roof! (Westminster is the only other that comes to mind that has a roof. Henry VIII has a lot to answer for)

I think you may have to come back again....

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2. Re: What are your favorite abbeys in England, Scotland, Wales

There's a nice little Abbey in Hexham Northumberland.

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3. Re: What are your favorite abbeys in England, Scotland, Wales

You could have a pretty splendid day around a visit to Tintern, which could take in nearby Chepstow Castle (one of Britain's oldest stone castles which is over 900 years old):


Then you could head north west leaving the Wye Valley to visit the hidden but very atmospheric Llanthony Priory in the Black Mountains beyond Abergavenny:


On your way you could call in to see Raglan Castle which, had it not been for Oliver Cromwell, would have been one of the great palaces of Wales:


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4. Re: What are your favorite abbeys in England, Scotland, Wales

For Fountains Abbey go beyond the Abbey into Studley Royal

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