St Augustine's Abbey

sights / Historic

St Augustine's Abbey information

Canterbury , England
adult/child £5/3
Opening hours
10am-6pm Jul & Aug, to 5pm Wed-Sun Apr-Jun & Sep-Oct, 10am-4pm Sat & Sun Nov-Mar
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An integral but often overlooked part of the Canterbury World Heritage Site, St Augustine's Abbey was founded in AD 597, marking the rebirth of Christianity in southern England. Later requisitioned as a royal palace, it fell into disrepair and now only stumpy foundations remain. A small museum and a worthwhile free audio tour do their best to underline the site's importance and put flesh back onto its now-humble bones.