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Shaftesbury Abbey Museum & Garden
Ranked #2 of 17 things to do in Shaftesbury
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The excavated foundations of this once important and influential Abbey lie in a peaceful walled garden, with a medieval orchard and extensive herb garden. Founded in 888 by King Alfred the Great, Shaftesbury Abbey was the first Benedictine nunnery only for women. The museum brings to life the story of the Abbey and its inhabitants with dramatic displays of medieval stonework and an interactive virtual tour. There is a free audio tour, printed guides in European languages and a children's trail and activities.
Salisbury, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“tranquility”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2014

its true isnt it, you never visit the places you live near.we kept saying we would go in one day, well, finally we did. its lovely, peaceful with a stunning garden.

Visited July 2014
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Dundas, Canada
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36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Peacful and evocative”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2014

Hidden away but lovely evocative garden setting in an old abbey ruin. Simple museum attached has an audio guide to enjoy the historic details.

Visited August 2013
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Shaftesbury, United Kingdom
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109 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“The historic heart of Shaftesbury”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2014

The Abbey Museum and Garden presents the foundations of the central section of what was once England's largest nunnery, in a well-maintained garden accessed through a small interpretative museum. There is a good audio tour available.

Visitors will discover that the Abbey was founded in the 9th century by King Alfred, whose daughter was installed as the first abbess. It thrived until the destruction of the monasteries on the orders of King Henry VIII in the first half of the 16th century. So this site holds the key to the past importance of this small market town, and is a must-visit for anyone who would like to appreciate fully the town's story. It puts in perspective the location and other delights of England's second highest (yes, really - because the English generally built towns in the valleys) town.

The Garden is often seen at its best when special events take place on summer days or long summer evenings - such as occasional services run by Churches Together in Shaftesbury, Shakespearean plays or picnic and film nights. These events help to bring life back to what was once the hub of activity in the town.

Visited June 2014
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Thank Michael P
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shaftesburyabbey, Public Relations Manager at Shaftesbury Abbey Museum & Garden, responded to this review, 8 July 2014
Thank you for your very well-informed review of Shaftesbury Abbey, hope you can attend one of our summer events and enjoy the gardens again.
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Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
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84 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Quiet contemplation”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2014

Once one od the great English Abbeys/Monasteries the ruins are set in a pleasant walled garden about half a football pitch in size with an excellent little museum/shop at the entrance. My wife and I had the garden/Abbey ruin to ourselves as we wandered through the Herb Garden and site of the ruined cloisters and nave,

The hand held guides were excellent and informative and we had a thoroughly pleasant 2 hours strolling and learning about it's very interesting history

For a mere £3 I can't think of many better ways to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon.

Visited June 2014
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shaftesburyabbey, Public Relations Manager at Shaftesbury Abbey Museum & Garden, responded to this review, 4 June 2014
Delighted you enjoyed your visit, Shaftesbury Abbey is a beautifully peaceful place to spend time. Thank you for your review - much appreciated. Best wishes, Annabel
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Subiaco, Australia
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112 reviews
44 attraction reviews
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“One of the best I have seen”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2014

Spent ages thanks to the audio guided tours included in the admission price. This is a not to be missed experience.

Visited May 2014
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