Once a monastery that was known as St Mary’s Abbey, Abingdon Abbey is over 600 years old, and set in its own private walled gardens. Only two groups of the Abbey’s buildings remain. One, which contains the Gateway, St Nicholas’ Church, and some of the Guildhall. And the other, houses the Long Gallery, the Checker, and the Unicorn Theatre.

The abbey is open from May through September on Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday between 2.00 and 4.00 pm. Outside of this time you can contact the curator to see what is possible.

In Spring, the Abbey hosts the Abingdon Beer Festival, where visitors can sample the beers and tap at the medieval Abbey Buildings, home of a 1,000 year-old brewing tradition.

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