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! Thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund celebrations are underway!
mid July - mid August
Giant willow sculptures will be on display at the Abbey. See them now outside St Catherine's Church, Ludham and at St Benedict’s Church, Horning

31st Jul Try your hand at willow weaving at St Benet’s Abbey with Withy Arts 10.00 – 3.00 pm

3rd - 11th Aug Exhibition at St Catherine’s Church, Ludham.
See also St Benet's Abbey Norfolk Broads on Facebook.

Questions? Please email


Guided Tours 2019
The 2019 season of free guided tours at St Benet’s Abbey commence on Wednesday 1st May and finish on Sunday 29th September.
Tours take place at 3pm on Wednesdays, Saturdays & Sundays throughout the season with the exception of –
Sunday 9th June (Community Play at St Benet’s Abbey)
Sunday 4th August (Bishop’s Open Air Service at St Benet’s Abbey 3.30pm)
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