Things to see and do

 
Close up of Hailes Abbey in the sunshine

Abbey Ruins

Walk amongst the evocative ruins of Hailes Abbey and imagine how the medieval monks once lived in its extensive and elaborate buildings. The pilgrims who financed this imposing abbey came in search of the renowned relic, 'the Holy Blood of Hailes.' Allegedly a phial of Christ's own blood, this was denounced at the Reformation as actually being honey coloured with saffron.

 

Samson and the lion stone boss

Museum

Visit the newly refurbished museum which vividly brings to life 300 years of piety, culture and tradition. You will be greeted by an imposing 13th-century stone sculpture of the Old Testament figure Samson fighting a lion. Continue your journey through the museum and marvel at the sculptures, stonework and other site-finds on display, giving you a unique insight into the abbey's history as both a monastic site and post-Dissolution home.

From our museum, why not walk next door to the small country chapel and see the magnificent wall-paintings of saints, coats of arms and hunting scenes?

Side view of Hailes Abbey casting shadows

Audio Tour

Pick up a free audio guide and imagine how the monks and lay brothers once lived, ate and slept. Be guided past our vivid new interpretation panels and see the clever Cistercian drain which still works after 750 years.

Chutneys and jams available in the English Heritage shop at Halies Abbey in Gloucestershire

Heritage Inspired Shopping

Visit our newly refurbished shop and browse heritage-inspired gifts, traditional children's toys and souvenirs including our fascinating new guidebook. Sample our wide selection of wines, chutneys and jams or pick up information on other English Heritage properties. You can also shop online before or after your visit.

We also have hot and cold drinks and snacks available to buy.

Steam train stopping at station

Jo Roesen, Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway

Heritage Railway

In June 2017, the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway (GWSR) reopened Hayles Abbey Halt, a request stop half a mile from the abbey which allows members of the public to visit the site by rail for the first time in more than 50 years.
 
Find out more on the GWSR website.
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