It appears you're visiting from a very old browser, or have compatibility mode set to make it seem like you're visiting from an old browser. Please turn off compatibility mode for our URL or visit us from a different browser. Thank you!

In Partnership with

FREE For CSSC Members


Thank you, 1 item has been added to your basket. Start a new search?

Please login or join CSSC to redeem this offer.

Members of CSSC benefit from a great range of discounted and free days out and shopping vouchers.

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. The great dormitory is one of the best examples in the country, and an exhibition and virtual tour tells the story of the abbey and daily life for the holy men that once inhabited it. The abbey is located in a beautiful valley surrounded by countryside so is ideal for walkers or visitors travelling on the West Somerset Railway, which stops at Washford station. It is just a ten minute walk to Cleeve Abbey from the station and with your train ticket you can get a discount on your entry ticket. Don't Miss The monks' dormitory, one of the finest examples left in Britain The magnificent architecture, carved angels and heraldic tiled floors Our story bag, 'Brother Cedric and the missing sheep', a fun way for families to explore the abbey together The 'Green Man' - ask the staff where he can be found!

Available all year round
Special Guidance
  • Present your CSSC membership card and one form of photo ID to gain free entry to participating sites
  • Free entry includes yourself, one other adult and accompanying children (max. 6 under the age of 18)
  • Click here for a list of sites where parking charges apply

Reviews

Become a Member

Join today and become the latest member of the CSSC community!

Helping individuals and families get more out of life since 1921