Hailes Abbey

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adult/child £4.40/2.20
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Just outside the town are the evocative ruins of this Cistercian abbey, once one of the country’s main pilgrimage centres due to a long-running medieval scam. The abbey was rumoured to possess a vial of Christ’s blood, which turned out to be merely coloured water; before the deception came to light, thousands of credulous pilgrims contributed to the abbey’s wealth.