Dorchester Abbey

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Dorchester Abbey is a unique building,in an area of spiritual significance for 6000 years, offering visitors an inspiring and educational opportunity that is welcoming, engaging and inclusive. Built by Augustinian Canons(1140-1340)on the site of a Saxon Cathedral, the Abbey is acclaimed for its outstanding architecture. We aim to share, inspire and enrich visitors' experience through their engagement with the history and spirituality of the Abbey.

Venue Type:

Heritage site, Sacred space

Opening hours

08.00 to dusk

Admission charges

Entrance to the Abbey is free.
Booked Adult party visit: £2.00
Booked School party visit: £2.25/£3.25

Additional info

Superb, versatile venue for concerts, drama, dance, group metings, dining, reflection, artistic installations and exhibitions.

Cloister Gallery collection displays 'fragments of time' from Dorchester Abbey's architecture, dating from c.1100 to 1400.

Collection details

Architecture, Design, Religion

Key artists and exhibits

  • Architectural development from Norman to Gothic
  • Medieval Monastic Coffins
Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Activities available at Dorchester Abbey

How to obtain

Some worksheets are available to download free from
Other materials available at pre-visit meeting after booking
Contact Education Officer 01865 343164 or

John Piper and the Church Schools Education Leaflet

Information covering the activities available in connection with the John Piper exhibition, 21 April to 10 June 2012.

Dorchester Abbey
High Street
OX10 7HH



Education Officer

Parish Office/Rectory


Parish Office/Rectory

01865 341192/01865 340007

Education Department, group bookings

01865 343164

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