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Address: Theberton, Leiston IP16 4TD, England
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+44 1728 831354

The ruins of a 12th-century abbey built by the Premonstratensian Order of...

The ruins of a 12th-century abbey built by the Premonstratensian Order of Canons.

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The abbey, although being an English Heritage site, seems to be free to all. It is well worth a visit and in its peaceful setting is much larger than it first appears.

Reviewed 29 September 2016
East Sussex
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Adelaide, Australia
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16 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Quiet setting with a long history that continues today. Existing buildings are a music school and if you are lucky enough you'll be able to hear them playing whilst walking amongst the ruins.

Thank Bob j
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45 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2016

I have walked around the Abbey, and not learned very much about it, but it is a wonderful place to take photographs. Passed it regularly on my way to and from my camp site.

Thank Bryony M
East Sussex
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331 reviews
102 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2016

The abbey, although being an English Heritage site, seems to be free to all. It is well worth a visit and in its peaceful setting is much larger than it first appears.

Thank iceman123EastSussex
Northampton, United Kingdom
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480 reviews
184 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 174 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2016

Four years since our first visit. The place seemed more busy with many rooms being used for violin practise. Gave the area a strange melodramatic atmosphere, Even so the ancient stones give a sense of peace and purpose. Well woth a visit if nearby

Thank braithwaite12
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2016

We holiday regularly in this area and have visited the Abbey many times. Every time we visit we learn something new about its history. An unmanned English Heritage site with great ruins with the added bonus of the Pro Corda music school occupying the adjacent buildings.....what a setting!

Thank _gobbledegookjd
Leiston, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviewed 24 August 2016

A lovely little place to take the children. Great piece of history on the outskirts of Leiston, Kids loved it and it's FREE. Free parking as well :) Can get around most of it with a pushchair, although there are some steps up to a viewing platform for better views over the surroundings.

Thank MillbandM
London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 August 2016

Well worth a visit to see what this religious site which dates back hundreds of years looks like. Great for kids to roam in the grounds, and it FREE! Kids will love it..

Thank jason p
Stockport, United Kingdom
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176 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2016

I had preconceptions about this site having crowdfunded some digs here, in many ways the reality was more impressive. The site is owned by a music trust so we had the added bonus of some chamber music drifting over the site when we were there. You can also go above ground level at one point which gives an unusual perspective.... More 

Thank Martin H
Essex, United Kingdom
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126 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2016

Leiston Abbey is one of the many English Heritage sites benefiting from several visits. Bleak and unwelcoming in winter with mud sticking like clods. In the summer tranquil and with the prospect of hearing a violin or trumpet being played by students in the adjacent music school. Spend a little time here and return to see something more.

Thank Stephen B
Lowestoft, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 July 2016

Really great place. wander about in the abbey ruins and let your imagination run wild. It must have been magnificent in it's day

Thank andersonjames22

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