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.

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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!
Next Events:
9th June 'A Time to Gather Stones' Community play performances.
Tickets £10.00 for the return Mississippi Riverboat Trip are on sale at Horning Post Office. Tel 01692 630833 Mon - Fri 8.30 to 5.30 and on Sat mornings. Tickets also available on Eventbrite. More information on the NAT website
There are two riverboat trips. The play starts on St Benet's Green before boarding. Trip 1 arrive from 10.30 for 11.00 play start. Trip 2 arrive from 12.45 for 1.15 pm play start. Please read the information on your ticket.
Performances are free and access to the Abbey is on foot or cycle. NOTE: The car park at the Abbey site will be closed on Sat 8th and Sun 9th June for the play rehearsal and performance. Access will be by boat, bike and on foot only.

13/14/15th Jun Free easy access performances at 7pm in Ludham, Horning and Neatishead.

mid July - mid August
Giant willow sculptures on display at the Abbey. See them now at St Catherine's Church, Ludham

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