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Whalley Abbey, Whalley

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  • We stopped in for a very quick walkabout in the rain! It is a lovely garden and historical place. There was a tour available, but we did not have time to share.  more »
  • What a lovely little gem of a trip quite hidden away goof for a walk round free entrance and parking which was a plus however walking the grounds the information boards were unreadable faded which is ...  more »
  • Just a short walk out of the town centre brings you to Whalley Abbey, which is now a ruin as the result of the efforts of King Henry V111. A peaceful calm place, which you come to realise was built on...  more »
  • GPS Ref: The Sands, Whalley, Lancs. Abbey access along a straight driveway off The Sands, next to a primary school. Follow the driveway and pass through a large gatehouse, into a courtyard where there is free parking. On one side of the courtyard is a cafe, highly recommended. On the opposite side is an imposing building showing Tudor & Victorian influences; this is now a Conference/Event Centre as well as a high class B&B. To access the main abbey grounds nearby, firstly find the Reception area up some steps at the front of the imposing building. It's a £2 admission fee for adults, £1.50 for Seniors. Ensure you get a copy of the Guide pamphlet to help negotiate the different areas and buildings in the abbey grounds. Sadly, the abbey grounds and buildings are somewhat lacking in on-site information boards but maybe this is something the management are looking into. If you are interested in medieval church buildings, it might be an advantage to check the Internet where there is a huge amount of fascinating information on the history of the abbey; believe me, it would make a great film! For those of you who are just curious, it's a great place for photography or simply strolling, all within a beautiful and peaceful setting, with many picturesque views across the abbey grounds, within the ruins and along the river bank.
  • Not much left to see.But. If you go into the main house, a wonderful large model is at the top of the stairs. Now you can picture the scene as it was as you walk round the grounds. Up to just a couple of years ago, the gardens were well kept. Though recent visits have shown neglect, and just the grass mowing, and limited maintenance. Still worth a visit, and only a small charge. On site is a quaint Café, and toilets. Free Parking.
  • Very peaceful ruined cistercian abbey in the heart of the Ribble Valley in Lancashire. Adult entry only £2 and we'll worth a visit. Also don't miss paying a visit to Autisan Café located in the stables block in the beautiful grounds of the Abbey. The Cafè is run by The National Autistic Society giving opportunities and training for the autistic. Great coffee, toasties, sandwiches and afternoon teas. Highly recommended
  • Friendly staff cake wasn't bad either nice setting watch out for dog mess outside of here though seemed to be a lot
  • It was an amazing place where u learn things about history

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