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Malmesbury is a wonderful place to visit for the day or for a short break. Our stewards tell us that approximately 50,000 visitors come through our Norman porch each year. As well as exploring the beautiful 12th century Abbey, the grounds and the bookshop, you can also spend time at Abbey House Gardens, the Athelstan Museum, and numerous shops, cafes and pubs. The Abbey is open nearly 365 days a year - closing for a few days after Christmas and New Year's day and for occasional filming or maintenance. Please check this site for closure details or ring the Parish Administrator (01666 826666) if you want to confirm that we are open.

Opening times are 10am - 5pm (changing to 4pm during the winter when the clocks are put back) - please check our worship page if you would like to join us at worship, you are very welcome. Admission is free, but a gift of £2 per person is suggested. Thank you. The Abbey owns a magnificent 15th century illuminated refectory bible in four volumes. Unfortunately we are unable to display it at the present time, but are hoping to make it available for public view before the end of 2009.

TRAVELLING BY CAR: From the south-west or south-east, travel along the M4 and head north at Junction 17 on the A429 for five miles. From the north-west or north, travel south along the M5 to Junction 11a. Follow signs to Cirencester and then a further ten miles south to Malmesbury along the A429. On arriving in Malmesbury, follow signs to the long stay car park. From the long stay car park you will see the Abbey quite clearly. Walk over the river across Mill Lane Bridge and then either continue right up Mill Lane (which is a steep incline) or climb the Abbey Steps on the left (63 of them) and walk past the semi-derelict east wall of the Abbey into the 15th century Market Cross area. There you will see the entrance to the Abbey grounds by the side of the Rajah Indian Restaurant through the Tolsey Gate. (To avoid the Abbey steps you can park in the Town Centre short stay car park but it is restricted to 2 hours max stay Monday to Saturday, free Sunday.)

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