Dunkeswell Abbey

Nestled in the heart of the Blackdown Hills, Dunkeswell Abbey is an ancient scheduled monument of national importance.

Founded in 1201 by Cistercian Monks as a centre of worship, learning and charity it was active for over 300 years until it was forced to close following the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1539. The ruins that remain today give a glimpse into a once large and respected monastery.


Easter at Dunkeswell Abbey

Join us over Easter and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of Dunkeswell Abbey.  An Easter trail will be running from Saturday 23 March until 14th April and our Easter service will be held on Saturday (yes Saturday!) the 30th March at 3pm followed by refreshments. Everyone is welcome! Find out more

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A Short History of Dunkeswell Abbey


Published in 2020 by Phil Taylor with assistance from Keith Taylor, this fully updated history of Dunkeswell Abbey explores the history of the abbey and it’s surrounds looking at the original abbey complex and the remains today. With illustrations and photographs from the archives and details on the preservation plans to secure the abbey for future generations.

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