The remains of a Cistercian abbey founded in 1148, set against a backdrop of dramatic hills. After its dissolution in 1536, the monks were briefly returned to the abbey during the Pilgrimage of Grace. They remained in possession until the insurrection's collapse and the execution of their abbot.
Read more about the history of the abbey.
Before You Go
Opening Times: Open daily, 10am-5pm April to September, and 10am-4pm October to March. Closed over Christmas and New Year. View details.
Access: The abbey grounds are largely flat, grassed and interspersed with low level masonry. Limited disabled access.
Parking: On street parking only.
Other Information: The site is opened daily by a local key keeper.
Plan a Great Day Out
Sawley Abbey is set by the river, and its grounds make a great spot for a picnic.
The 14th century Whalley Abbey Gatehouse is seven miles from Sawley. It belonged to the nearby Cistercian abbey, which was once the second wealthiest monastery in Lancashire.
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