Bayham Abbey makes a fascinating day out on the Kent Sussex border. The impressive ruins, built from golden local sandstone, include much of the 13th to 15th-century church, the chapter house, and a picturesque 14th-century gatehouse. Bayham Abbey is now set in grounds designed by famous landscape gardener Humphry Repton, who also planned the grounds of Kenwood House in London.
Before You Go
Opening times: The abbey is open daily from 10am to 5pm from April to October. View details.
Access: Wheelchair users should note that the abbey is mostly accessible from grassed areas onto loose gravel. Pushchairs are allowed, but please be aware that there is lots of rough grass.
Parking: There is a small free car park on site about 25 metres from the entrance. It has a loose gravel surface.
Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome. Assistance dogs welcome across the site.
Please be aware: Climbing on the ruins is prohibited.
Plan a Great Day Out
If you're heading towards East Sussex, be sure to visit the 1066 Battle of Hastings Abbey & Battlefield with its new sculpture trail, rooftop views, and exhibition, and discover more about medieval monastic life. You can also explore Pevensey Castle, site of William the Conqueror's landing in 1066, only 19 miles away from Bayham.