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Hailes Abbey, Cheltenham

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Hailes Abbey is a former Cistercian abbey, in the small village of Hailes, two miles northeast of Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, England. It was founded in 1246 as a daughter establishment of Beaulieu Abbey. The abbey was dissolved by Henry VIII in 1539. Little remains of the abbey. It is a Grade I listed building and a scheduled monument.
The site is owned by the National Trust but managed by English Heritage. There is a museum on the site holding many artefacts from the Abbey.
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  • Hailes Abbey is a very beautiful and very peaceful site. I really enjoyed looking around the old remains of the Abbey, there is plenty of information to read as you go around and a small museum at... 
    Hailes Abbey is a very beautiful and very peaceful site. I really enjoyed looking around the old remains of the Abbey, there is plenty of information to read as you go around and a small museum at...  more »
  • Hailes Abbey was not a planned visit, but we decided to do it anyway as it was nearby to where we were staying. It was unfortunately the case that part of the museum was closed due to bee troubles... 
    Hailes Abbey was not a planned visit, but we decided to do it anyway as it was nearby to where we were staying. It was unfortunately the case that part of the museum was closed due to bee troubles...  more »
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  • We've been meaning to visit this place for a while. So glad we finally made the trip. The lady on reception was so friendly and made us feel so welcome. We are English heritage members so we got free entry. There is a free audio guide which was great to use. Easy and really interesting to hear the stories of the abbey. It was relatively quiet here today so that was nice as you could take plenty of clear photos. The museum is also really interesting. Don't forget to visit the church opposite.
  • As English Heritage members it's free, but if you're not a member, £12.30 an adult seems pretty steep for what is here. Not a lot left of the buildings themselves, some arches and low walls, and that's about it. With that said the audio guide is very comprehensive, and there is lots of signage. Some very interesting artifacts in the museum and the lady at the front desk is very knowledgeable and friendly.

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