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“Better than anticipated, but beware the hard EH sell”

St. Augustine's Abbey
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Day-Trip to Canterbury and Dover from London
Ranked #9 of 108 things to do in Canterbury
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Essex UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
“Better than anticipated, but beware the hard EH sell”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2014

We had planned on spending an hour here, but after an hour I had to go to renew our parking ticket - we were only a half way through the informative museum and had not even got to the abbey.

It is all very well done. The only downside was the guy on the desk who tried VERY hard to sell English Heritage membership to everyone who entered. After an hour, I knew hi sales pitch as well as he did. and he hadn't sold any. Far, far too hard a sell.

A lovely place, though. Well worth a visit.

Visited July 2014
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London, England, United Kingdom
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“St Augustine's Abbey”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2014

Not much left of this wonderful abbey, but wandering among the stones and thinking of St Augustine coming here in 597 is awesome. A Benedictine monk sent by Pope Gregory who landed on the Isle of Thanet, he founded the first abbey outside Italy

Visited June 2014
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Hayling Island, United Kingdom
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“If you can only visit one Canterbury site, this is the one.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2014

A much much more reasonable entry fee than the nearby cathedral rip-off, and the audio guide is FREE.

I recommend taking up this latter offer as it is extremely informative and enhances the visit one hundred-fold.

Not surprisingly I lingered here for well over an hour and a half. Although reduced to basic terms it is no more than a load of old ruins, their diversity, layout and history is immensely fascinating.

English Heritage are not one of my favourite organisations but I must admit they present this site in excellent condition, from the indoor museum displays on entry (or preferably on exit when you've learnt a lot more about the site and its history) to the general upkeep of the rest of the extensive site.

I recommend a trek up to the top of the Campanile mound as this provides an attractive overall view of the site (and it's not much of a trek really).

Altogether an enjoyable and informative outing, probably the best of all the Canterbury attractions which I visited.

Visited July 2014
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Crawley, United Kingdom
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“Interesting and peaceful”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2014

Having first decided to visit Canterbury Cathedral and abandoned the idea as at £10.50 per person it was a ridiculous price. So we came over to St Augustines Abbey (as English Heritage members entry is free). take advantage of the audio guides as here they are invaluable (and do not have people trying to use strange accents of a past age!). The guide gives a great amount of interesting information and certainly enhance the visit.

The day we visited there were very few others visiting and so we had a very leisurely and informative stroll around the site.

Thanks English Heritage for looking after this place.

Visited July 2014
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Worth a visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2014

we are members of English Heritage so entrance was free to us. Thought this would only take 15 minutes or so but we were there 1.5 hours. The audio tour is a must in order to get the most of of this attraction. Really interesting stuff and facts I didn't know. Beautiful surroundings, very quite and tranquil, well worth a visit if you're in Canterbury.

Visited July 2014
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