Trip Planner:   Europe  /  UK  /  England  /  Cotswolds  /  Malmesbury  /  Malmesbury Abbey

Malmesbury Abbey, Malmesbury

4.5
#1 of 8 in Things to do in Malmesbury
Malmesbury Abbey, at Malmesbury in Wiltshire, England, is a religious house dedicated to Saint Peter and Saint Paul. It was one of the few English houses with a continual history from the 7th century through to the Dissolution of the Monasteries.Monastic historyIn the later seventh century, the site of the Abbey was chosen by Maildubh, an Irish monk who established a hermitage, teaching local children. Toward the end of his life (late seventh century), the area was conquered by the Saxons. Malmesbury Abbey was founded as a Benedictine monastery around 676 by the scholar-poet Aldhelm, a nephew of King Ine of Wessex. The town of Malmesbury grew round the expanding Abbey and under Alfred the Great was made a burh, with an assessment of 12 hides.In AD 941, King Athelstan was buried in the Abbey. Æthelstan had died in Gloucester in October 939. The choice of Malmesbury over the New Minster in Winchester indicated that the king remained an outsider to the West Saxon court. A mint was founded at the Abbey around this time.
To visit Malmesbury Abbey and other attractions in Malmesbury, use our Malmesbury trip itinerary planner .
Source
Create an itinerary including Malmesbury Abbey
map
Malmesbury Abbey Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
356 reviews
Google
4.4
TripAdvisor
  • Came here especially to see the inside of the abbey but it was a state park. Kids were enjoying it with loud music on speakers.  more »
  • Malmesbury is an ancient town. The abbey is in a lovely setting in among historic buildings. The ruins are very atmospheric and beautiful in the light. Worth going to look at .  more »
  • Visited the Abbey with friends, lots of information available inside. Beautiful stained glass windows. There appeared to be a tea/coffee area in one corner but it was closed when we visited.  more »
Google
  • Wonderful little cafe inside the Abbey. Lovely cup of tea and slice of delicious lemon sponge cake ( about 5 quid for 2 teas and a slice of cake) Such nice friendly staff. Very child friendly in the Abbey, not in the slightest bit stuffy! Really enjoyed the visit.
  • Brilliant place and go regularly to the toddler group here on mondays.
  • Beautiful place. Friendly and welcoming staff.
  • Beautiful abbey and in remarkable condition considering it's size
  • Beautiful abbey and well worth the visit.

Plan your trip to Malmesbury

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Malmesbury

Browse hotels, guesthouses, and unique homes and book your stay on the world's leading accommodation sites.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Malmesbury by other users

3 days in Cotswolds BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM March, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, fast-paced, hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, outdoors, relaxing, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 5 days in Cotswolds BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM February, hidden gems PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in Cotswolds BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM February, culture, relaxing, historic sites, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, culture, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 4 days in Cotswolds BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, outdoors, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 1 day in Malmesbury BY A USER FROM BENIN January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Malmesbury BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Cotswolds BY A USER FROM CANADA August, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 13 days in Cotswolds BY A USER FROM CANADA May, culture, outdoors, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 16 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA January, romantic, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: January, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Malmesbury BY A USER FROM INDIA January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Malmesbury BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM November, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: November, outdoors, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Cotswolds BY A USER FROM IRELAND December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans