The first Monastery at Minster Abbey was founded in 670AD, and the present buildings date back to 1027. Part of the Abbey was destroyed during the Reformation but some fine buildings remain, and this is still home to a community of Nuns.
It is possibly the oldest inhabited house in England, and is certainly the only pre-Reformation Monastery to be currently used as a Religious House in England. The present community returned from Germany in 1937.
There is also a Tearoom, and Exhibition area, which can be accessed via the entrance on Bedlam Court Lane. These are open Monday-Friday 10am-4pm, and occasionally on Saturdays. Please ring to check.
The Abbey is situated in beautiful tranquil gardens, and is a place of peace and serenity, where the Community of Sisters run a small guest house and conference rooms.
The Abbey is completely step-free and across the ground floor only.
The entrance is wide enough to accommodate both wheelchairs and mobility scooters and there is someone to assist at the entrance. The entire Abbey is accessible for wheelchair and scooter users.
The toilets are accessible and the nearest accessible parking is on the Abbey’s driveway, very close to the entrance.
There is a Hearing Loop in the Chapel, and quiet days or special tours can be arranged.