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“Enjoyable” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of St. Augustine's Abbey

St. Augustine's Abbey
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US$79.95*
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Day-Trip to Canterbury and Dover from London
Ranked #9 of 106 things to do in Canterbury
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Whitstable, United Kingdom
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252 reviews
123 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 230 helpful votes
“Enjoyable”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2014

Continuing to enjoy English heritage membership (using tesco club card vouchers) this is the best way to afford entry to this and other great sites. The site has a nice museum and displays for about 20mins. Good audio guide for the ruins outside. Good place for under 10's for a run around and hiding, also quite relaxing and an important part of local history and uk Christianity. Nice friendly helpful chap in shop, who enhanced visit. One moan, dogs allowed on leads and some mindless selfish owner had allowed their fido to do a dump in the crypt area! Plus another in the cloisters. Signage please English heritage and if a dog owner arrives, provide the selfish ones with bags and remind them of their responsibility not to cause toxocariasis and potentially blind people.

Visited August 2014
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Spofforth, United Kingdom
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71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Lovely abbey well preserved”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2014

This abbey is just outside the walls with parking opposite. It is an English Heritage site so free to members (we are) but a fairly steep price to those who are not. There is an informative information centre complete with skeleton before you enter the extensive ruins. Good set of ruins with plenty to look round and sensible amount of information, recommend the guide book and audio tour. Everyone enjoyed the visit (although no shelter if it rains). There are toilet facilities and vending machine for hot drinks.

Visited August 2014
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Escondido, California
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47 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“authentic and uncrowded”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2014

The abbey is outside of town so the tour buses don't go there. When we were there, we were almost alone. The museum is first, and has some interesting artifacts. The ruins are the best part, however, and with the written guide it was really easy to see what was what. There's a real connection to the past here--this is where St. Augustine really was, not the Cathedral. You can also walk a little ways farther to St. Martin's, the oldest--or one of the oldest--operating congregations in England. It also has a graveyard. Unfortunately it was not open the day we were there. It is a short walk from the Cathedral to the abbey--well-marked, I don't know why anyone needs to drive, but definitely worth the trip.

Visited September 2013
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Sao Paulo, SP
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115 reviews
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“Historical and relax”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2014

Beautiful place to visit. I think the fee was too much for a historical site.
You can go there a do a picnic, read a book or just nap and relax on the lawn.
Very nice to walk around imagining how they used to live there.

Visited July 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Take a picnic and book”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2014

Recently visited this historic site. It's a beautiful area. Take a book and a picnic and just enjoy the atmosphere. The archeology is very impressive. Parking is just across of the road. Enter into the small museum which is done very well. Amazing that there are graves there from before the 'dark ages'.
Strongly suggest become English Heritage members, the benefits of membership are really worthwhile if you are a lover of history.

Visited July 2014
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