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 AD888. 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.

An exciting new phase of archaeology and research is underway this year as our HLF funded SAVED project to rediscover the Abbey’s story continued with excavations in July 2019 and community projects. Please click on the SAVED Project page for more details.


Following government advice the museum will remain closed until further notice.

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

Full disabled access in the museum, some uneven ground in the garden

Visitor Comments

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