The small Benedictine priory of Boxgrove in West Sussex was founded in about 1107, originally for just three monks. In a beautiful setting at the foot of the South Downs, the principal remains include a fine two-storey guest house, roofless but standing to its full height at the gable ends. The priory church became Boxgrove’s parish church after the Suppression of the Monasteries and is still in use.
Read more about the history of Boxgrove Priory.
Before You Go
Access: Parts of the ground are uneven.
Parking: There is a car park onsite.
Dogs: Assistance dogs only.
Plan a Great Day Out
Why not continue your exploration of churches and abbeys by visiting other sites in the area.
Royal Garrison Church in Portsmouth was built as part of a hospital complex around 1212. It was damaged by bombing in the Second World War, but the chancel is still roofed.
You could also visit the remains of the wealthy Augustinian Southwick Priory, once a famous place of pilgrimage.
Or why not try the picturesque ruins of Titchfield Abbey, founded by Premonstratensian canons and later converted into a Tudor mansion.