The Southeast Sights

St. Augustine's Abbey

  • Longport Map It
  • Canterbury
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Published 08/18/2015

Fodor's Review

One of the oldest monastic sites in the country, this was the burial place of Augustine, the first archibishop of Canterbury, in around 597. The site remained intact for nearly 1,000 years, until Henry VIII seized the abbey in the 16th century, destroying some of the original buildings and converting others into a royal manor for his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves. It's now made up of beautiful ruins that give a good idea of what it must have looked like when it was intact. A free audio tour vividly puts events into context.

Sight Information

Address:

Longport, Canterbury, CT1 1TF, England

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Phone:

01227-767345

Sight Details:

  • £5.50
  • Apr.–June, Wed.–Sun. 10–5; July and Aug., daily 10–6; Sept. and Oct., weekends 10–5; Nov.–Mar., weekends 10–4

Published 08/18/2015

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