Sawley Abbey

Free Entry

Open daily


Sawley, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 4NH

Before You Go

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 October, and 10am-4pm November to March. Closed over Christmas and New Year. 

Access: The abbey grounds are largely flat, grassed and interspersed with low level masonry. Limited disabled access.

Parking: On street parking only.

Conservation: Please be aware that we are currently undertaking a conservation project at Sawley Abbey. Some parts of the site are currently inaccessible due to fencing and you may find contractors on site at the time of your visit. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.


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.