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Malmesbury Abbey Benedictine Monastery, Malmesbury

Malmesbury Abbey Benedictine Monastery, Malmesbury, Wiltshire SN16 9AS 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 its magnificent Norman arch containing carvings depicting Bible stories. There is also a fine 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 and English Heritage has provided grant aid to preserve this valuable building.


Opening Arrangements

All year, daily (except during Christmas and New Year) 9am - 5pm in summer, 9am - 4pm in winter.

Admission Charges

  • Other Charges: Donation of £3 requested


From the south, M4 junction 17, then A429 for 5 miles. From the north, M5 junction 11a, follow signs to Cirencester then a further 10 miles to Malmesbury. Rail: Chippenham (10 miles). Bus: No's 91 & 92 from Chippenham, No 31 from Swindon and No 93 from Cirencester.

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.

Disabled Access

  • Wheelchair access: Yes
  • Disabled Toilets: Yes
  • Assistance dogs: Yes