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 @heritagelotteryfund! Celebrations are about to begin!

Tue 2nd April Unveiling the Play: Be among the first to hear 'A Time to Gather Stones' the new community play to celebrate 1000 years of history. Come to The New Inn Horning 7.30pm and meet Parrabbola, the company directing it.

Sat 6th April St Benet's Discovery Day at Ludham Village Hall.
For more detailed information: Discovery Day
Speakers: Introduced by Stewart Alexander
Prof Julian Luxford: The architecture of St Benet’s Abbey from foundation to dissolution
Alison Yardy: The St Benet's Windmill and 18th-19th Century Life at the Abbey site
Prof Tom Williamson: St Benet’s Abbey: The wider landscape context
Nicola Hems: St Benet’s – A Place of Pilgrimage and Picnics
FREE tickets are available from Eventbrite and local shops: Throwers, Tidings and White House Stores.
More information: Discovery Day

7/8th April Come and be part of the play! Drop-in for casting and crew for the community play, Ludham VH 2.00 – 6.00pm. (7th)Mill Suite, Horning VH 2.00 – 8.00pm (8th)
9/13/14/15th Jun Community play productions

mid July - mid August Giant willow sculptures on display at the Abbey
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


NOTE: The car park at the Abbey site will be closed on Sat 8th and Sun 9th June for the play performance. Access will be by boat, bike and on foot.

Free Guided tours will recommence in May 2019. 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