Malmesbury Abbey

Founded in the 7C, the abbey has links with many characters from its history including St Aldhelm (639-709), one of its first abbots, the great historian William of Malmesbury (1095-1143), who was the librarian here, and the philosopher Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679). Construction of the church began in the 12C, although it has suffered much damage over time. During the Dissolution, the abbey was sold to a local stonecutter who donated its remains to the inhabitants of the village. The former abbey church subsequently became the parish church.

Useful information


Gloucester Street, SN16 9BA Malmesbury

Opening hours

9am-5pm (4pm in winter)

Nearby tourist attractions

Westonbirt Arboretum Westonbirt Arboretum
Westonbirt Arboretum