Croxden Abbey

A view of the ruins of Croxden Abbey
Ruins of Croxden Abbey
View of Croxden Abbey

Free Entry

Open daily


Croxden, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, ST14 5JG

Before You Go

The 12th century abbey at Croxden was home to 70 Cistercian monks at its peak. Although converted into a farm after its suppression in 1538, the remains are impressive, including towering fragments of its 13th century church, infirmary and 14th century abbot's lodging.

Information panels tell the story of the abbey's spectacular architecture.

Read more about the abbey's history.

Before You Go

Opening Times: The abbey is open daily 10am-5pm from April to October, and 10am-4pm from November to March. View details.

Parking: There is very limited parking in the layby at the site entrance. Please avoid parking on the grass verges or blocking access for local residents.

Please be aware: For wedding or commercial photography requests, please contact the regional office on 0117 975 0700.

Please do not climb on the abbey walls.

English Heritage does not permit drone flying from or over sites in our care, except by contractors or partners undertaking flights for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and permissions, and are operating under controlled conditions.

Plan a Great Day Out

Combine your trip to Croxden with a visit to Boscobel House and the Royal Oak, famous for its role as a hiding place for the future King Charles II after his defeat in the Battle of Worcester in 1651. You can see the priest-hole Charles hid in, take a tour around around the manor house, stroll around the restored knot garden and visit the Victorian farmyard. A tearoom in the old stables serves home-made cakes, light lunches and hot and cold drinks.

White Ladies Priory, another of the future king's hiding places, is less than a mile from Boscobel, and can be reached by a pleasant 20 minute walk on a footpath.


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