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

St Benet's Abbey: 1000 years! A big THANK YOU to the National Lottery Heritage Fund and National Lottery players.

Thanks to a grant from the Heritage Fund, the year of celebration has been a terrific success and the wonder and history of the Abbey has been brought alive for hundreds of people.
For pictures and information about the events that took place, please see St Benet's Abbey Norfolk Broads on Facebook and Twitter and #stbenetsabbey #stbenets1000 on Instagram.

The Heritage Fund has also funded a new guide book, developed by the Norfolk Archaeological Trust. This will be available in local shops during the season next year.

Questions? Please email

Guided Tours 2019
The 2019 season of free guided tours at St Benet’s Abbey is now over. Tours will begin again in May 2020. Tours will take place at 3pm on Wednesdays, Saturdays & Sundays throughout the 2020 season.
Group tours of the Abbey site can be arranged at any time of year by contacting

St Benet's Abbey can be reached on foot from Ludham Bridge. Follow the fingerpost sign near the gate opposite the Public Toilets. It is about a 35 minute walk. 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.

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