Cleeve Abbey

Schools

Cover a range of curriculum objectives with a visit to Cleeve Abbey. Give your class a real taste of medieval monastic like at this well-reserved Cistercian monastery, with buildings to explore and activities themed around the beautiful 13th century floor tiles. 

Information about your visit

Our number one priority remains the health, safety and security of all of our visitors, staff and volunteers. Our staff are still working hard to keep everyone safe and make sure you and your group have an enjoyable visit.

Important information to consider before you book:

  • To keep everyone safe we’re continuing to limit visitor numbers at some sites and in some indoor spaces. Please book as soon as possible to secure your preferred trip date and times.
  • Find out more about what to expect on your school visit and make sure you download our COVID risk assessments; download a free copy of managing education visits during the pandemic and if you're participating in a Discovery Visit download our managing Discovery Visits during the pandemic risk assessment
  • To make the planning process as easy as possible, make sure you check our Plan Your School Trip section at the bottom of this page, for updated information on the facilities at the site as well as our free resources.
  • You’ll need to book your visit at least 14 days in advance. Please check our terms and conditions for full details.
  • Although is it not a requirement, any teachers, parents, or students aged 16 years can check in via the NHS Test and Trace app, using the NHS QR code posters displayed at the site entrance. Please factor this into your travel/arrival time. For more information about how we are handling your personal data for NHS Test and Trace please visit this page.
  • Our staff are continuing to wear a face covering in our busy areas and indoor spaces, and we encourage you and your group to do the same where possible.

At some sites you might not be able to use our handling collections or costumes as part of a free self-led visit, but where we can provide hands-on items in a safe way we will. We’ve adapted our Discovery Visit workshops to keep you and your group safe at all times, but for certain sessions we’re still working on this – please check the Discovery Visit section and Facilities section on this page below for further information.

Curriculum Links

Support your teaching in the classroom by stepping out of it. A visit to Cleeve Abbey will help you bring learning to life, covering multiple topics across the curriculum and key stages.

  • KS1 History: Significant historical events, people and places in the locality
  • KS1 Art and Design: Use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • KS2 History:  A local history study. A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066
  • KS2 Art and Design: Create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  • KS3 History: Development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509
  • KS3 Art and Design: History of art, craft, design and architecture, including periods, styles andmajor movements from ancient times up to the present day.

Free self-led visits

Book a free self-led visit to Cleeve Abbey and organise your day to suit your curriculum objectives. Explore the monastic buildings, including the cloister, refectory, dormitory and chapter house. Look out for the fireplaces and exposed wattle and daub in the cloister, and the secret ‘Green Man’ hidden in the refectory. Peer into the painted chamber to see the 15th century wall painting showing a scene from the Gesta Romanorum, and see if you can spot the medieval graffiti of a monk’s head by the door in the gallery. 

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Plan your visit

We have a wide range of materials to support your visit and make school trip planning easy. Download our free resources to help you make the most out of your visit and create unique learning experiences before, during and after your trip.

We also offer free planning visits for group leaders once you have made a booking. Our Education Booking Team is on hand to advise and help you create the best possible school trip to suit your needs and area of study.

  • Facilities
    • PARKING: There are approximately 50 spaces in the free car park, located 70 metres from the entrance of the site. Visitors will need to cross a road (lane) to reach the site entrance from the car park. There is no marked parking for coaches, so availability is dependent on the number of cars already parked. Typically, there is space for two coaches at a time.
    • TOILETS: Male, female and disabled toilets are located on the main site.
    • FOOD AND DRINK: You are welcome to bring a picnic to eat in the grounds. There are seven benches and two picnic tables located around the Abbey, as well as grassed areas. 
    • SHOP:  The shop is located within the ticket office selling a selection of English Heritage gifts and themed souvenirs. Please bring your students in supervised small groups at a time.
    • EXHIBITION: On the ground floor (wheelchair access via ramp) there is an exhibition on the history of the Abbey and monastic life. On the first floor (unfortunately no wheelchair access) there is an exhibition about historic wall-paintings, including a video loop and display boards, and an exhibition about how the tiles at the Abbey were made.
    • EDUCATION ROOM:  The education room is available, please book it when booking your visit.
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