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)?
More information can be found on the English Heritage website: https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/bayham-old-abbey/
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