Abbotsbury, St Catherine's Chapel

Abbotsbury, St Catherine's Chapel
The exterior of St Catherine's Chapel with sheep grazing infront of it.

Free Entry

Open any reasonable time during daylight hours.


Chapel Hill, Abbotsbury, Weymouth, Dorset, DT3 4JH

Before You Go

Set high on a hilltop overlooking Chesil Beach and the Isle of Portland, this barrel-vaulted 14th century chapel was built by the monks of the nearby Abbotsbury Abbey as a place of pilgrimage and retreat. Today the chapel still sits in splendid isolation.

Make your way up the hill, take in the fantastic views of the abbey ruins, and explore the nooks and crannies of this curious little chapel, including the 'wishing holes' where local women used to pray to St Catherine and ask her to find them a husband.

The local parish holds occasional services throughout the year, which are open to the public.

Read more about the history of St Catherine's Chapel.

Before You Go

Access: The chapel is accessed on foot up a steep incline of approximately 1/2 mile.

Parking: Parking is available in town centre off Rodden Row (car park postcode DT3 4JL) a short walk from Chapel Hill.

How to Find It: The path to the chapel can be reached via Chapel Lane (opposite Red Lane) off Market Street in the centre of the village. 

Facilities: Shops, food and toilets are available a short walk away in the village centre.

Be Aware: The path takes you through land grazed by cattle, so please keep dogs on leads.

Services:  The local parish holds several informal services at St Catherine's Chapel during the year. These are open to anyone wishing to attend.

  • Friday, 25th March 2016, 3pm (Walk of Witness from St. Nicholas' Church)
  • Thursday, 5th May 2016, 6pm (Ascension Day)
  • Sunday, 12th June 2016, 6pm
  • Sunday, 10th July 2016, 6pm
  • Sunday, 4th September 2016, 4pm (Harvest Celebration, followed by a bring-a-picnic)
  • Sunday, 20th November 2016, 3pm (St. Catherines Day Celebration)
  • Saturday, 31st December 2016, 5pm (Bring a torch)

For further information please contact Reverend Margaret Preuss-Higham on

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Plan a Great Day Out

Enjoy the panoramic views over Chesil Beach, perhaps with a picnic.

On the way from the car park be sure to visit the remains of Abbotsbury Abbey. This lonely wall was once part of a much bigger abbey complex.

Also within easy driving distance is the dramatic Iron Age hillfort of Maiden Castle near Dorchester. Or head to the coast and visit one Portland Castle, of Henry VIII's finest coastal fortresses. It overlooks Portland Harbour and boasts a great tearoom and stunning views out to sea.

The sunrise through the conservatory at Witley Court.

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