The Abbey Experience is a new and exciting way of exploring our heritage by way of explanatory panels, displays and trails. A visit to Wymondham Abbey can bring history alive and lead to new discoveries.
The Abbey Experience is a community project, aiming to encourage everyone to make greater use of this wonderful 900 year old building, the “heritage jewel” of Wymondham. The project, with the building works completed in late 2015, was developed in consultation with the people of Wymondham.
The Heritage Lottery Fund awarded us a total of £1.75 million towards the project. Thanks to the wonderful generosity of several charitable trusts and a number of individuals we secured a further £1 million, allowing us to fully fund all that we envisaged.
The money was spent principally on new buildings and facilities, historical interpretation and learning resources. The existing church has been extended by “filling in” the corners on opposite sides of the ruined east tower. This gives us enough space to offer substantially improved facilities for the benefit of visitors, church users and the wider community.
So do come and experience for yourself the past and present of Wymondham Abbey.
Follow the visitor trails to explore when, why and how the Norman church was built.
Discover the story of how the building came to take its peculiar shape, and imagine life in and around the medieval Abbey and town.
Admire beautiful and intriguing objects and documents from the archives. Listen to the music of the organs and bells.
Learn about the lives of the monks, the connections with Kett’s Rebellion and Princess Pocahontas and discover the continuing worship and work of the Abbey, which has always been Wymondham’s parish church.