Buildwas Abbey

Free Entry

Open 10am-5pm Apr-Oct & 10am-4pm Nov-Mar. £2 parking charge applies to EH non-members


Nr Ironbridge, Telford, Shropshire, TF8 7BW

Before You Go

Impressive ruins of a Cistercian abbey, including its unusually unaltered 12th century church, beautiful vaulted and tile-floored chapter house, and recently re-opened crypt chapel.

Situated in a wooded Severn-side setting, not far from the Iron Bridge and Wenlock Priory.

Don't Miss

  • The chapter house with its amazingly intact tiled floor and decorative stonework
  • The remains of the fine 12th century church


Looking for a new book or have a few that you'd like to donate? Visit our secondhand bookshop located in the abbey grounds.

The Bookshop will be open from 11am to 3pm, Fri-Tue, subject to volunteer availability, with proceeds going towards projects at Buildwas Abbey. 

Why not pop in and have a look? There are lots of perfect reading spots in our stunning grounds.  

Buildwas Guided Tours

Saturday 9th September, 11am (Fully booked)

As part of the Heritage Open Days, our team of fantastic volunteers are offering a guided tour of the site. They will uncover the facinating history of the impressive ruins of this Cistercian abbey.

To book your place please visit,

Saturday 16th September,11am (Spaces available)

To book your place please visit,







Before You Go

Parking: Car parking is available on site with a £2 charge for non-members payable by text. Parking is free for Members with a valid English Heritage car sticker on display. If you would prefer to pay in advance of your visit, please visit our parking payment service website.

Access: The site is accessed via several steps from the car park. The site is mainly level with a few unguarded drops and low stone walls. Please be aware the steps and grass areas can be slippery during and after wet weather; appropriate footwear is recommended.

Facilities: The nearest public toilets are located in the Wharfage car park in Ironbridge where you will also find a range of shops and food outlets.

Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome, please clear up after your dog and take any mess away with you.

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.


Plan a Great Day Out

  • The chapter house with its amazingly intact tiled floor and decorative stonework
  • The remains of the fine 12th century church
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