Cleeve Abbey - English Heritage

An exterior view of Cleeve Abbey
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In Washford lies one of the undiscovered jewels of Somerset, providing an interesting day out for families and budding historians alike.
The Cistercian abbey of Cleeve is a haven of peace and tranquillity, said to contain the finest cloister buildings in England.

Visitors today can catch a glimpse of monastic life 800 years ago
although the abbey church was destroyed by Henry VIII during the dissolution in 1536, the cloister buildings including the gatehouse, 15th century refectory with its glorious angel roof and 13th century heraldic tiles have survived remarkably intact.

Venue Type:

Heritage site, Sacred space

Opening hours

1 July - 31 August 2014
Monday 10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday 10:00 - 18:00
Friday 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday 10:00 - 18:00

1 September - 2 November 2014
Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

3 November 2014 - 29 March 2015

Admission charges

Adult £4.50
Child (5-15yrs) £2.70
Concession are you eligible? £4.10


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Dissolution drama - Will Henry break the habit? Discovery Visit

Dress up in the monks' habits and through drama, music and exploration re-enact what it was like to be a monk during the reign of Henry VIII.
Key Stage: 2
Subjects: History, Music
Duration: 1 1/2 hours

How to obtain

Please phone 0117 975 0720 to book. Price £75 per group of up to 30 pupils. Optional extra - make the most of your day by picnicking in the extensive grounds and exploring Cleeve in conjunction with the book 'Brother Cedric and his missing sheep' and its set of objects relating to the story adn the site.

Making Medieval Tiles Discovery Visit

Have fun learning how tiles were made in medieval times with a professional artist. Using traditional methods and designs create beautiful clay tiles to take back to school. Investigate the amazing medieval tiled floor to uncover the abbey's history.
Duration: 2 hours
Key Stage: 1, 2, 3, History, Art and Design

How to obtain

Call 0117 975 0720 to arrange a 2 hour session, held every Monday and Wednesday during term time. Price £75 per group of up to 30 pupils. Visit for more information.

Cleeve Abbey - English Heritage
Old Cleeve
Abbey Road
TA23 0PS



01984 640377

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