Days Out In The South East: Bayham Old Abbey

Earlier this year, on a sunny summer’s day, we visited the medieval ruins of Bayham Old Abbey, which sit on the Kent/Sussex border, in a very rural spot not too far from Lamberhurst.


The abbey was founded there as part of a monastery, in the early 13th Century, and was built using local sandstone. Although it’s now in ruins, some beautiful details and decorative features of the gothic architecture still remain.

The property was donated to English Heritage in the 1960’s, after being privately owned for many generations. It’s now open to the public from April to October every year, daily 10am-5pm. And best of all: Admission (as well as parking, if you arrive by car) is free!


Bayham Abbey is a lovely place to spend around an hour or so, and brilliant for learning about medieval history and gothic architecture. So why not take the opportunity to visit this October, before the site closes for winter (1 Nov – 31 March)?

We were amazed by how the roots of this old tree had moulded themselves around the brickwork of the ruined wall!

More information can be found on the English Heritage website:


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5 thoughts on “Days Out In The South East: Bayham Old Abbey

  1. What a beautiful old abbey – even though it is in ruins, you can picture just how beautiful it must have been centuries ago. Looks like you had a lovely day for your visit too. Thank you for sharing it with #CountryKids.

    PS I’m reading your post sitting backstage in my nun’s habit which feels very appropriate for reading about a visit to an abbey!!

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  2. I do love a ruin, they’re always so atmospheric, and even better that Bayham is free to visit. Finn loves exploring places like this, they’re great for the imagination. Thanks for sharing such a great place with us #AdventureCalling


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