Lilleshall Abbey

View of Lilleshall Abbey Archway
A wide view of the west end of Lilleshall Abbey

Free Entry

Open daily


Abbey Road, Lilleshall, Newport, Shropshire, TF10 9HW

Before You Go

Founded in about 1148, this Augustinian abbey became a private residence after the Reformation, and was severely damanged during the Civil War during a Parliamentarian siege. Despite that, much of the church survives, and is viewable from gallery level. There is also a lavishly sculpted processional door and other cloister buildings.

Read more about the history of the abbey.

Before You Go

Opening Times: Open daily, 10am-6pm from April to October, and 10am-4pm from November to March.

Parking: There is very limited parking at the Abbey entrance which is only accessible April to October. During the winter park at the gateway entrance and use the pedestrian gate by the road to walk the 250m to the abbey.

Facilities: Nearby Boscobel House and the Royal Oak has a tearoom, shop and toilets.

Please be aware: 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.

Please do not climb on the walls.

Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome. 

Plan a Great Day Out

Enjoy a picnic in this peaceful spot while admiring the elaborate stone carving.

A short drive away you'll find White Ladies Priory and Boscobel House and the Royal Oak, both famous for their roles as hiding places for the future King Charles II after his defeat in the Battle of Worcester in 1651.

At Boscobel 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.

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