Muchelney Abbey - English Heritage

An exterior view of Muchelney Abbey
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Muchelney, the atmospheric and once-remote 'great island' amid the Somerset Levels, has many rewards for visitors. Beside the clearly laid out foundations of the wealthy medieval Benedictine abbey (and its Anglo-Saxon predecessor) stands a complete early Tudor house in miniature. Originally the abbots' lodgings, this charming building includes a magnificent great chamber with ornate fireplace, carved settle and stained glass two rooms with time-faded walls painted to resemble cloth hangings
and a pair of kitchens with fine timber roof. Parts of the richly decorated cloister walk and refectory are incorporated, and nearby is the thatched two-storey monks' lavatory, unique in Britain.

Exhibitions illustrate monastic life with a fascinating collection of site finds, including decorated tiles and stonework. Much improved facilities for disabled visitors include a touch-screen tour of less accessible areas. Plant sales are available throughout the season.

Venue Type:

Sacred space, Museum

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 (5-15 years) £2.70
Concession £4.10


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Additional info

Visually Impaired Visitors: Large display of carved stones may be touched. NB Wall footings may be hazardous.

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Dissolution drama - will Henry break the habit? Discovery Visit

A messenger arrives with startling news from the King. Will the abbey be closed? How will you prevent your treasure from being stolen? Understand the Dissolution by journeying back in time with the abbot who will share memories of being a monk and involve you in a true and dramatic story relating to the abbey.
Key Stage: 2
Subjects: History, Drama, Music
Duration: 1 1/2 hours

How to obtain

Please phone 0117 975 0720 to book - the Discovery Visit runs each week day in term time. Price £75 per group of up to 30 pupils.

Making Medieval Tiles Discovery Visit

Have fun learning how tiles were made in medieval times. Led by a professional artist, this workshop will help you investigate tiles in the abbey and use traditional methods and designs to create beautiful clay tiles to take back to school.
Duration: 2 hours
Key Stage: 1, 2, 3, History, Drama, Literacy

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.

Muchelney Abbey - English Heritage
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01458 250664


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