UK Travel Guide



Abbey Dore in Herefordshire

Five miles west of Kilpeck lies the town of Abbey Dore where a twelfth to thirteenth century Cistercian Abbey stands. Although this village church is gradually deteriorating, a grand stone altar and other Early English features remain. Restored in 1632 upon a commission from Lord Scudamore, the ancient church features carvings by John Abel on 204 tons of Hereford oak. Reconsecrated in 1634 on Scudamore’s birthday, the Abbey Dore Cistercian church is preserved by the local parish and continues to be regularly used as a place for worship.

Picturesque lawns and gardens of the Abbey Dore Court Garden mirror the ruins on the opposite bank of the river Dore. The garden is wheelchair accessible and a seventeenth century stable houses a snack vendor.