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Hailes Abbey, Cheltenham

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Historic Walking Area Ruin
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  • There are only a few ruins from a once magnificent abbey complex but as you walk around following the audio guide you can visualise how splendid it was and how the monks lived. We enjoyed our visit bu...  more »
  • Visited Hailes Abbey (8 June 2017) on the way back from visiting Sudeley Castle. On arrival, we paid our £6.20 entrance fee and were then told that the shop and museum were closed until the end-of-Jun...  more »
  • Allow about 2 hours (or more if you love Cistercian abbeys); I spent 3 hours there and the museum wasn't even open (undergoing repairs). Warm welcome from the Historic England team, comprehensive audi...  more »
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  • Not a lot left of what once would have been a very impressive building, but the remains are well cared for and the information boards give a good explanation of its history. Probably not worth making a special trip for, unless you're an abbey ruins completist, but if you're in the area it's definitely worth dropping in. As well as the abbey ruins themselves, take some time to look inside the adjacent Hailes church. It's a gorgeous little building that is well worth a visit in itself.
  • Not a lot left of what would have been a magnificent abbey. A peaceful place for a wander round but not really worth the enterance fee.
  • Watch the route in from the main road, there is a blind crested bridge in the first part and narrow roads thereafter, so drive slowly, we past a few walkers / hiker who could have been taken out if we'ed been driving faster. This is a great site, but you must be away that certain wall ruins have had grass allowed to grow on top to help conserve them, and this can make them hard to under stand, in particular the church outer wall's. Recommend grabbing the Audio guide and guide book.
  • Great piece of English History
  • Unspectacular but interesting and well worth a visit if you are in the area.

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