Overview of the Abbey Buildings
The Abbey Buildings are open to the public from May 1 to September 30, between 2pm and 4.30pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. If you would like to visit at other times, please contact the Manager/Curator on 01235 525339 and she will let you know if it is practicable. Special arrangements, including guided tours, are possible for group visits. The Unicorn Theatre and other parts of the buildings are also available for hire.
The Benedictine Abbey of St Mary at Abingdon
At the time of its dissolution, the Benedictine Abbey of St Mary at Abingdon was the sixth wealthiest monastery in England. The Abbey was a vast complex of buildings, courtyards, gardens and orchards. The two groups of buildings which survive are only a small fragment of this once grand establishment. The Abbey Gateway faces the Market Place and is flanked by St Nicolas Church and the former St John’s Hospital. These are now part of the Guild Hall under the care of Abingdon Town Council.
A second group of buildings, cared for by the Friends of Abingdon, and situated by the Millstream in Thames Street, comprises the former bakehouse, the Checker Hall (now converted into the Unicorn Theatre), the Checker and the Long Gallery. The outline of the Abbey Church can be seen in the Abbey Gardens.