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

Fantastic news! The Friends of St Benet's Abbey have been awarded £26K from @heritagelotteryfund for the St Benet's Abbey: 1000years! project thanks to money raised by #NationalLottery players! There will be a pageant, some larger-than-life willow sculptures, a History Discovery Day and exhibition! Want to join in? Please email


Your last chance to come on a free guided tour this year! Do come on a free guided tour on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, till the end of September starting at 3pm. (Note: tour times have changed and all tours now start at 3pm.) St Benet's Abbey can be reached on foot from Ludham Bridge, about a 30 minute walk from the gate opposite the Public Toilets. Cyclists may use the byway, a concrete track accessed from Hall Road at Johnson Street. Cars may also use the byway but parking on site is limited. For boats there are plenty of free 24 hour moorings.
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; swallows and cuckoos are current visitors.