1,000 years ago this isolated spot on Norfolk’s River Bure was a thriving monastery dominating the area.
Today the Norfolk Archaeological Trust owns St Benet’s Abbey. You are invited to visit the Abbey and to explore this website for practical information and historical facts.

The website is adapted for mobile phone so you can access information on site at St Benet's. Underlined text will bring up a picture, e.g. here, or link to an outside site. Click or press underlined text to expand a picture to full screen.

Why not start by watching our short introductory film about St Benet's Abbey?
John Jarrold Trust | Geoffrey Watling Charity | Paul Bassham Charitable Trust | Norwich Town Close Estate Charity | The Lady Hind Trust | The Charles Littlewood Hill Trust | The Educational Foundation of Alderman John Norman | Bishop of Norwich

If you are coming to visit St Benet's Abbey in early June please note that the track to the Abbey will be closed to vehicular traffic on Wednesday 6th June and Thursday 7th June while repairs to the surface are carried out. Pedestrians and horses will still have access. Alternative ways of reaching the Abbey are a 25 minute walk along the path signposted on a gate opposite the public toilets at Ludham Bridge or by boat.
Free guided tours are available on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, May to September​. Please note all tours now start at 3pm. Group tours of the Abbey Site can be arranged by contacting


Why not become a Friend of St Benet's Abbey (£5.00 per year)?
Contact tfosba@gmail.com

Wildlife photos taken on site can be seen in the Galleries Section; owls, kestrels and harriers have all been recent visitors.