Religious Connections At English Heritage
Byland Abbey, Yorkshire
This beautiful ruin was once one of the great northern Cistercian monasteries and a truly outstanding example of early Gothic architecture, Byland influenced the design of many other religious buildings throughout Europe.
Its splendid collection of medieval floor tiles is the largest in Europe.
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Cleeve Abbey, Somerset
Take a relaxing stroll through the beautiful countryside setting of one of the undiscovered jewels of Somerset.
Boasting magnificent architecture and hidden treasures, explore the numerous nooks and crannies which reveal hidden carvings and paintings from the hands of craftsmen long ago.
This tranquil site features some of the finest Cistercian cloister buildings in England, including the magnificent 15th-century timber roof in the refectory with its exquisite carved angels.
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Clifford's Tower, York
The vibrant and historic city of York offers the group visitor a rich and varied heritage, in which Clifford’s Tower has played a turbulent role since medieval times.
William the Conqueror built the first wooden tower on the site as part of his cataclysmic ‘Harrying of the North’ campaign.
This was replaced in the 13th century by the current circular stone tower which now offers some of the best panoramic views of the city.
Come and find out how the Jewish population of York met a grisly fate when seeking refuge in the tower in 1190.
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Lincoln Medieval Bishops' Palace, Lincoln
The remains of this medieval palace are set in the shadow of the stunning Lincoln Cathedral providing a wonderful panorama of the Roman, medieval and modern city.
Enjoy the walled terrace garden, a ‘Contemporary Heritage Garden’ with its geometric design inspired by the Cathedral towering above.
Explore the undercroft and see one of Europe’s most northerly vineyards.
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Lindisfarne Priory, Northumberland
One of the holiest Anglo-Saxon sites in England, renowned for the original burial place of St Cuthbert whose corpse was discovered 11 years after his burial and found to be mysteriously undecayed.
Visit the lively museum - which explains what life was like more than a millennium ago and illustrates the drama of Lindisfarne.
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Old Sarum, Wiltshire
This site of the original city of Salisbury and Salisbury Cathedral was founded in the Iron Age and occupied until the 16th century. Romans, Saxons and Normans have all left their mark.
Part of the Domesday Book was written here and on its completion it was to Sarum that King William I summoned all the landholders in England to swear their oath of allegiance.
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Rievaulx Abbey, Yorkshire
Once the most important Cistercian Abbey in Britain and the home of the greatest spiritual writer of the Medieval Ages, St Aelred.
Imagine the calm and tranquillity of monastic life 800 years ago.
In addition to their spiritual life, the Cistercian monks who lived here were engaged in a variety of commercial activities, which you can learn about in our award-winning exhibition.
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Rushton Triangular Lodge, Northamptonshire
A delightful Elizabethan folly designed to symbolise the Holy Trinity, with its three sides, three floors, trefoil windows and three triangular gables on each side.
Probably the strangest building in Britain and built by Sir Thomas Tresham, who’s architectural inspiration was his strong religious conviction as will be revealed in this mysterious house.
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St Augustine's Abbey, Canterbury
Part of the Canterbury World Heritage site and one of the most important historic religious centres in the country.
Founded in 598 by St Augustine, today you can marvel at the fascinating artefacts that have been uncovered on site, which are now on display in the museum.
See the burial place of the Kentish Kings and gain an insight into the abbey’s history with the interactive audio tour.
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Tintagel Castle, Cornwall
Overlooking the wild Cornish coast, Tintagel is one of the most spectacular spots in the country associated with King Arthur and Merlin.
Recent excavations revealed Dark Age connections between Spain and Cornwall, alongside the discovery of the ‘Arthnou’ stone and remains of a chapel, suggesting that this was a royal palace for the ‘Dark Age’ rulers of Cornwall.
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