|Looking for: ||Heritage, Historical, Parks & Gardens|
|Address: ||Abbey Road, Washford, Watchet, Somerset, TA23 0PS|
|Postcode: ||TA23 0PS|
|Age Group: ||All Ages|
|Kids Activity: ||Outdoors|
|Telephone: ||0370 333 1181|
|Mobile: ||01984 640377|
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In Washford lies one of the undiscovered jewels of Somerset, providing an interesting day out for families and budding historians alike. The Cistercian abbey of Cleeve is a haven of peace and tranquillity, said to contain the finest cloister buildings in England.
Visitors today can catch a glimpse of monastic life 800 years ago; although the abbey church was destroyed by Henry VIII during the dissolution in 1536, the cloister buildings including the gatehouse, 15th century refectory with its glorious angel roof and 13th century heraldic tiles have survived remarkably intact.
The great dormitory is one of the best examples in the country, and an exhibition and virtual tour tells the story of the abbey and daily life for the holy men that once inhabited it.
You can find out more about the conservation project to protect the medieval tiled pavement for the future. Access to the 13th century tiled pavement will be reinstated from 25 March 2016.
The abbey is located in a beautiful valley surrounded by countryside so is ideal for walkers or visitors travelling on the West Somerset Railway, which stops at Washford station.
It is just a ten minute walk to Cleeve Abbey from the station and with your train ticket you can get a discount on your entry ticket.
Whatever the weather, there is plenty to explore at the Abbey and if sunny, there is lots of space for a picnic in the peaceful grounds with a stream running through them.
New - you can now hire Cleeve Abbey as your wedding venue.
1 APRIL - 30 JUNE 2017
Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00
Last admission half an hour before closing
HOLIDAY OPENING TIMES FOR THIS PERIOD
14 Apr 2017 10:00 - 17:00
16 Apr 2017 10:00 - 17:00
17 Apr 2017 10:00 - 17:00
Early May Bank Holiday
1 May 2017 10:00 - 17:00
Spring Bank Holiday
29 May 2017 10:00 - 17:00
1 JULY - 31 AUGUST 2017
1 SEPTEMBER - 31 OCTOBER 2017
1 NOVEMBER 2017 - 29 MARCH 2018
30 MARCH 2018 ONWARDS
Opening times will be available nearer the time