English Heritage Lilleshall Abbey

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Lilleshall Abbey is a 12th-century Augustinian Abbey in peaceful rural setting close to the historic town of Newport in Telford.

Visit this heritage gem and discover the history of this epic abbey.  Walk in the beautiful grounds, and see up close its stunning architecture.  Explore the abbey ruins and see ornate carvings and cathedral like arch windows.  

The best of the abbey ruins are centred on the church, particularly the lovely Norman processional doorway, ornamented with beautiful carvings.  And you can even ascend a stair to the gallery level to enjoy spectacular views over the church and cloistral buildings.  Find the slype, a narrow, vaulted passage with rib vaultings that lead into the monk's cemetery.

The abbey was founded by Richard de Belmeis in 1143 at Lizard, but it moved to Donnington the following year and to Lilleshall in 1148. The main buildings were constructed in the 12th and 13th centuries. These include the abbey church, sacristy, chapter house, warming room, kitchen, and refectory. To these were added the abbot's hall and parlour in the 14th century. 

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FREE to visit attraction

Opening Times: Open daily, 10am-6pm from April to October, and 10am-4pm from November to March.

Access: The site is accessed via a kissing gate, which may be unsuitable for visitors using mobility aids or pushchairs. There is uneven ground and low lying walls and features. There is a spiral stairway off the nave which is narrow and dark.

Parking: There is very limited parking at the Abbey entrance which is only accessible April to mid-October. During the winter park at the gateway entrance and use the pedestrian gate by the road to walk the 250m to the abbey.

Facilities: Nearby Boscobel House and the Royal Oak has a tearoom, shop and toilets.

Please be aware: English Heritage does not permit drone flying from or over sites in our care, except by contractors or partners undertaking flights for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and permissions, and are operating under controlled conditions.

Please do not climb on the walls.

Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome.

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Abbey Road, Lilleshall, Newport, Shropshire, TF10 9HW

English Heritage Lilleshall Abbey

Type:Abbey / Priory

Abbey Road, Lilleshall, NEWPORT, Shropshire, TF10 9HW
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