Quite a different experience to most historical sites - no interpretive centre, ticket booth, gift shop or any other facilities - just an huge and amazing ruin where you will likely be the only visitor and will have only sheep as companions while you explore. There are no signs to explain what you are looking at, so it's best to read up before you go - but once you are there, you are free to roam to your hearts content, except a couple of areas that are cordoned off for repairs. The day we visited, there were a few people in fancy dress wandering around (not sure what that was about, but it did explain why we found a pair of red high heels in one of the ancient gray stone doorways - probably not left by the monks!). Plenty of free parking and you can take an interesting walk along the river behind the abbey that takes you past two mills and over a pretty bridge before you follow the road back to the parking lot. On a fine day, it would be a lovely spot for a picnic.
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