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“Enjoyable and surprising”
Review of Cleeve Abbey

Cleeve Abbey
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Washford
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Boasting the most impressively complete and unaltered set of monastic cloister buildings in England. Standing roofed and two storeys high, they include the gatehouse, the 15h century refectory with its glorious angel rood; unusual painted chamberand the floor of an earlier refectory. An exhibition and touch screen virtual tour tell the story of abbey life and a story bag is an ideal way for families to explore the site. Child friendly and dog friendly.
Reviewed 5 June 2014

Complete enough to show what the abbey looked like and the kids lapped it up. Plenty of free parking and of course free for you and the kids if you are an EH member. Lots to see and some surprising survivals on 2 floors. Loved the medieval tile pavement and the kids discovering the animals in them!

Thank idaej
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Reviewed 6 March 2014

Visited Cleeve Abbey in September 2013 with my husband and both sets of older parents.. There are some ruins, but there is still a lot there to give you a good feel for what the full complex would have been like in its day. It's not very big but charming with its walled apple orchard, gatehouse and is set in a pastoral, peaceful spot.There is a small gift shop were they sell the best cider I have every had - it went really well with our picnic lunch on the grounds. I cannot say enough about the staff. Having called up before to arrange a wheelchair we arrived to find that Mark, the staff member we had spoken to, was waiting outside to welcome us in and sort us out. Super polite and friendly, he really made the visit. Note of warning, there are a lot of steps, and is generally not very wheelchair accessible, but enjoyable none the less.

1  Thank SallyPBrown
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Reviewed 1 December 2013

We visited Cleeve Abbey on our way to Somerset.It is managed by English Heritage ans is well preserved.
As you walk through an old gatehouse you see a lovely view of the abbey and grounds.
There is a gift shop where you can buy a guide book if you wish.
The abbey church was itself in ruins,but you were able to walk through the lovely cloisters and take a look at the monks living quarters.I was surprised to see how large their sleeping quarters were,there are informations boards available which describes and show what the rooms may have looked like.
The grounds were well kept and there were plenty of seats available where you could sit and have a picnic whilst taking in the views.
There is also a display of original tiled flooring which is undercover to protect it.This is a fascinating place to visit with a lot of the building intact.This is certainly a place worth visiting.

1  Thank PhilfromCheshire
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Reviewed 12 November 2013

When younger our boys would role play being fighting monks here. Its a lovely old place to explore with lots to see.

Thank Fangthewonderdog
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Reviewed 9 October 2013

Found it interesting how the Abbey had been preserved in a state which made visualising the way in which the monks had lived and worked easy to do. Even the abbey church, long since demolished after the dissolution was excavated to a point which made it easy to see. A beatifully kept building in a most tranquil setting.

1  Thank Paul B
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