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 continue all summer!
Giant willow monks are on display at the Abbey until mid-August.

3rd - 11th Aug 10.00 till 5.00 pm Exhibition at St Catherine’s Church, Ludham, including the history of the Abbey, the life of St Benedict, photographic exhibition featuring the parish churches originally associated with St Benet's and work by local schoolchildren. A free exhibition celebrating 1000 years of history. Exhibition closes on Sun 11th August with a Communion service at 4.00 pm. All welcome.
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Sunday 4th August Mississippi Riverboat trip to St Benet's Abbey for the open-air service, organised by organised by Horning Church. See the Bishop arrive by wherry. Bar and toilets on the riverboat. Board at Swan Green Horning at 1.15pm. Don't miss this memorable afternoon. Tickets only £10 from Horning P.O. or email

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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 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