Beaulieu Abbey Cloister Tour
Join an informal tour of Beaulieu’s historic Abbey and walk in the footsteps of medieval monks from over 800 years ago.
These exclusive Cloister Garden Tours will take place hourly at 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm during the Spring Fair. Simply head to the Customer Services pod in the Fair to book onto a tour (first come first served) at no extra cost. Tours will offer a special insight into the site’s heritage and how the herb garden shaped the lives of the monks.
In addition to the tours, visitors will be able to walk through the aromatic herb garden, once worked by monks for use in medicine and cooking. Victorian Gardeners will be in the gardens to answer questions and share information on the Abbey’s history, the Cistercian monks that settled there and the history behind their herb garden.
Founded by King John in the 13th Century, the Abbey was then destroyed on orders from King Henry VIII in 1538. Thanks to consistent preservation efforts, the Abbey is now a conserved ruin brimming with history just waiting to be discovered by visitors to the Spring Fair.