From 29 Sept, there will be road closures affecting access to the abbey as part of the Flood Relief Scheme: Curry Rivel to Muchelney - Law Lane. This work is expected to last 11 weeks and we advise visitors to take this alternative route to the abbey.
From M5 Junction 25 Taunton: A378 through Langport, exit right at roundabout (A372 Yeovil) and after 800m turn right (St Mary's Church, Huish Episcopi) and then after 100m, turn left (Muchelney Road).
Muchelney Abbey, which lies two miles south of Langport, was once a landmark in the Somerset Levels and still has much to offer its visitors – history lovers in particular will enjoy this fascinating site but there is also plenty for families to do.
It was once a wealthy Benedictine house and the second oldest religious foundation in Somerset, but as part of the dissolution the abbey’s principal buildings were demolished by Henry VIII in 1538.
Visitors can still see the clearly laid out foundations of the abbey, parts of the richly decorated cloister walk and thatched monks’ lavatory - the only one of its kind in Britain. The 16th century abbots’ house remains intact with its magnificent rooms, and site finds are on display illustrating monastic life.
With plenty of rooms to explore, this is an ideal day out whatever the weather and on sunny days, children have plenty of room to play in the grounds.