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Founded in 1246 by the Earl of Cornwall, Hailes Abbey is set amid delightful Cotswold countryside. Once the centre of monastic life, the tranquil ruins are now the perfect place to relax and enjoy a picnic in a unique historic setting. Visit the new museum to discover the treasures of Hailes, uncovering stories of the monks who lived and worshipped at the abbey for nearly three centuries.
Abbey Ruins Walk amongst the evocative ruins of Hailes Abbey and imagine how the medieval monks once lived in its extensive and elaborate buildings. The pilgrims who financed this imposing abbey came in search of the renowned relic, 'the Holy Blood of Hailes.' Allegedly a phial of Christ's own blood, this was denounced at the Reformation as actually being honey coloured with saffron.
Museum Visit the newly refurbished museum which vividly brings to life 300 years of piety, culture and tradition. You will be greeted by an imposing 13th-century stone sculpture of the Old Testament figure Samson fighting a lion. Continue your journey through the museum and marvel at the sculptures, stonework and other site-finds on display, giving you a unique insight into the abbey's history as both a monastic site and post-Dissolution home.
From our museum, you can walk next door to the small country chapel and see the magnificent wall-paintings of saints, coats of arms and hunting scenes
Shop Visit our newly refurbished shop and browse heritage-inspired gifts, traditional children's toys and souvenirs including our fascinating new guidebook. Sample our wide selection of wines, chutneys and jams or pick up information on other English Heritage properties, We also have hot and cold drinks and snacks available to buy.
Heritage Railway In June 2017, the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway (GWSR) reopened Hayles Abbey Halt, a request stop half a mile from the abbey which allows members of the public to visit the site by rail for the first time in more than 50 years.