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Kilwinning Abbey is a ruined abbey located in the centre of the town of Kilwinning, North Ayrshire.HistoryThe establishment of the AbbeyThe ancient name of the town is 'Segdoune' or 'Saigtown', probably derived from 'Sanctoun', meaning the 'town of the saint'. Saint Winning's festival was on 21 January and the year of his arrival from Ireland was 715 AD. The site for the first church and later the abbey was revealed to Saint Winning by an Angel in a vision.Kilwinning was a Tironensian Benedictine monastic community, named after Tyron in the diocese of Chartres. The abbey was dedicated to Saint Winning and the Virgin Mary, and founded sometime between 1162 and 1188 with monks coming from Kelso. The patron is not known for certain, but it may have been Richard de Morville, Lord of Cunninghame and Great Constable of Scotland, perhaps with the backing and assistance of King William of Scotland. A story developed that another Sir Richard de Morville who was involved in the murder of Thomas a Becket was the founder of the abbey, however despite the likelihood of the families being the same, the dates of the events make this connection impossible. A connection that does exist is the founding of Arbroath Abbey in 1178, also a Tironensian abbey, in memory of Thomas a Becket by William the Lion (1165–1214).Work out when and for how long to visit Kilwinning Abbey Tower and other Kilwinning attractions using our handy Kilwinning driving holiday planner .
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The tower is open seasonal at weekends. Ground floor display area is small but gives a flavour of Kilwinning history and displays of interest. The floors as you climb include another display area and ... more »
The history of this abbey is fascinating .There a two areas the old abbey which dates back to the 1300's and the site holds many interests. The new abbey holds special memories as my daughter was marr... more »
Fomos especificamente para visitar as ruínas da Catedral, e ficamos um pouco decepcionados. Aparentemente pouco cuidado (lixos espalhados pelo local), poucas fontes de informação, nenhum guia disponív... more »We went specifically to visit the ruins of the Cathedral, and we were a little disappointed. Apparently little care (rubbish all over the place), few sources of information, any guide available. Amazing when it comes to Scotland, where the historical heritage are so well taken care of. Despite this the site has an interesting story to be visited and searches.
Beautiful place. Interesting heritage center.
I wander the grounds eating lunch on college days. Nice place but suffers from litter. Clock tower has roman numerals except IIII instead of IV
It's nice except for the rubbish everywhere.
An experience into local history
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