Malmesbury Abbey Benedictine Monastery, Malmesbury

Malmesbury Abbey Benedictine Monastery, Malmesbury, Wiltshire, SN16 0AA View on map

A monastery was first established on the site around 676 by St Adhelm, but the present Grade I listed building dates from the 12th century. One of the most notable features surviving from that period is the south porch with Norman arch containing carvings depicting Bible stories. There is also a vaulted roof to the nave. In 1539 Henry VIII dissolved the monastery and the building was bought by William Stumpe, who arranged for it to become Malmesbury’s parish church and since then it has been a place of worship almost continuously. Its history includes Athelstan, first king of all England, historian William of Malmesbury and Eilmer, a monk who is best remembered for making a flight from the tower in 1010 AD. The east wall, with an arch and transept is a Scheduled Monument. Historic England has provided grant aid to preserve this building.

Opening Arrangements

All year, daily (except during Christmas and New Year): April to October: 9am - 5pm; November to March: 9am - 4pm.


Malmesbury: On A429, 5 miles north of junction 17 on M4, 13 miles south of Cirencester. The Abbey is at the top of the high street in the centre of town. Rail: Kemble Station (10miles north of Chippenham Station. Bus routes: no 92 to Chippenham, no 93 to Cirencester, no. 37 to Bath, no 31 to Swindon.

Parking Spaces


2 hour parking in town centre. Long stay car park in Station Yard (SAT Nav SN16 9JT). Walk along Mill Lane, cross the river and climb steps to reach the Abbey and Market Cross.