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RoundelwhiteShaftesbury Abbey Museum and Garden

The excavated foundations of this once important and influential Abbey lie in a peaceful walled garden, with an extensive herb garden and medieval orchard. The museum brings to life the story of Saxon England’s foremost Benedictine nunnery, founded by King Alfred in 888AD.

The Abbey acted as the catalyst for the prosperity of the town and surrounding area for over 650 years;  it was destroyed on the orders of Henry VIII in 1539.

 

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Open Daily from 1st April until 31st October
10.00am until 5.00pm

Admission: £3.00 – Concessions £2.50
Children (accompanied) 16 years and under FREE

Entry to the museum shop is free, you are welcome to browse

Visitor Comments

“A wonderful and peaceful haven, so sensitively restored”  - Ann Voss, South Wales

“The best £3 I’ve spent for a long time.  I’ve paid much more and seen a lot less”  - Anonymous 

“A pleasant visit last week – I must say the best children’s activity pack I have come across” – Roger Bratby, 2013