|Looking for: ||Heritage, Historical|
|Address: ||Abbey Street, Kingswood, Wotton-Under-Edge, Gloucestershire.|
|Postcode: ||GL12 8RA|
|Age Group: ||All Ages|
|Kids Activity: ||Outdoors|
|Telephone: ||0370 333 1181|
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The little Cotswold village of Kingswood, near Wotton-under-Edge, was once the site of an important Cistercian abbey. Today, all that survives of the abbey is the fine 16th century gatehouse that once controlled access to the monastery.
It was one of the last monastic buildings to be constructed in England, not long before the Suppression of the Monasteries. Two storeys high, the gatehouse now straddles a road in the village, and above the central arch is a richly sculpted window.
Opening Times: Access to the exterior is available any reasonable daylight hours. A key to the interior can be obtained on weekdays from 10am-3.30pm. The key is available from 3 Wotton Road, Kingswood. View details.
Parking: There is limited street parking nearby within walking distance of the gatehouse.
School Visits/Large Groups: The lane to the gatehouse is very narrow and unsuitable for large coaches.
Facilities: Public toilets are available near the gatehouse.
Dogs: Assistance dogs only.
Plan a Great Day Out
To see a fine example of a Dominican Priory visit nearby Gloucester Blackfriars. On the way be sure to take in two Gloucestershire long barrows nearby: Nympsfield and Uley (also known as Hetty Peglar's Tump).
Further afield, visit Goodrich Castle in the Wye Valley, one of the finest and best preserved English medieval castles. Goodrich boasts a fascinating history, spectacular views from the battlements and a delightful tearoom.
30 April 2017 - 24 March 2018
Exterior: Any reasonable time during daylight hours. Interior: Key available from 3 Wooton Road, Kingswood. 10.00-15.30 weekdays only.