Hailes Abbey

Hailes Abbey is a Cistercian Abbey founded in 1246 and used by a small number of monks. Not much of the abbey remains, but you can see the outlines of the church and other buildings, along with some remaining cloister walls. It is a beautiful and peaceful spot.

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Location: England - Gloucestershire - Winchcombe

Category: Medieval

Tags: Cistercian Abbey, English Heritage, National Trust

Hailes Abbey is owned by the National Trust, and managed by English Heritage. There is a small onsite museum with medieval tiles and stone carvings from the site. There is a tea room at nearby Hailes Farm and several in Winchcombe.

Hailes Abbey is on the Cotswold National Trail. You can walk there from Winchcombe (45 minutes). If you drive, there is parking at the site.

Website: English Heritage - Hailes Abbey

Day trip contributed by Pauline Kenny

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Read more: Glossary - Cistercian Abbey.

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Eleanor | Archaeology Travel

Eleanor (1 comment)

February 27, 2017

Hailes Abbey is a lovely site, even though there isn't a lot of it left. It is so quiet and peaceful and a good place to drop out on a sunny day. I particularly liked the small exhibition centre with three bosses from the Abbey. You normally see them high above you so it makes a change to see tehm close up. They are big! My pictures are here: wasleys.org.uk

If visiting, it is also worth going into the tiny Hailes Church across the road from the abbey. The chancel walls are covered with medieval wall paintings and there is some medieval glass rescued from Hailes Abbey in the east window.There are pictures here: wasleys.org.uk