Open for visiting
Monday - Saturday 10 am to 3pm, Sunday - closed (except for services)
See changes to normal visiting hours
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Serving refreshmentsWe welcome visitors from all over the world. With our recently completed development project, we now have fine displays explaining the fascinating history of the Abbey, the parish church and the town. We have artefacts and documents from our archives on display, some of which are over 500 years old. On these pages you will find information about how to get the best out of your visit.

Current visiting hours

DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday-Saturday 10.00 am 3.00 pm
Sunday closed (except for services) 

All are welcome to attend services outside of these times, or to sit quietly whilst the service takes place.

Changes to normal visiting hours 

We have now adopted our wintertime opening hours. The Abbey will be closed to visitors at 3:00 pm from Monday 18 December and not be open on Sundays (except, of course, for services).

Funeral - Tuesday 18 December, 11:30
The Abbey is normally closed to visitors from 15 mins before a funeral for around an hour.

The Abbey will be closed to visitors on Christmas Day (but all are warmly invited to our services) and on Boxing day. We will re-open after the Christmas break on Wednesday 27th December at 10:00.


We are open almost every weekday of the year from 10:00am, and on Sunday afternoons in the summer.  The Abbey does close occasionally for special events such as funerals. Do check this website or with the Parish office (see Contact Us page) if you are travelling any distance to ensure that we will be open. Entry is completely free, although we do ask that you leave a donation to help towards the running costs of the church, which are considerable.

The Abbey Shop

We have a well-equipped shop within the Abbey selling souvenirs, local produce, all sorts of books and religious items.  It’s worth a visit on its own!