It is recommended that you contact the Learning Manager by phone or email to check that the facilities you would like are available on the dates you would like to attend.
Our entry price includes:
- Free pre-visit familiarisation/risk assessment session for teachers
- Teacher's pack of notes to help plan your visit
- Living History interpretation in the Abbots Kitchen and in the grounds
- Planned enrichment work with the Assistant Education Officer
- Work booklets, trails and quizzes - these can be ordered and photocopied for the day of your visit
- One free adult for every ten pupils - additional adults may be included at reduced rates
All children under 16 (Year 11 and under)
£4.30 per child
All children 16 and above (Year 12 and over)
£5.90 per pupil
Car & Coach Parking
St. Dunstans (abbey) car and coach park is adjacent to the abbey entrance and is a drop off point for coaches from April until October; parking is available on payment of the Town Councils current tariff (for details telephone 01458 831769). Entrance to the abbey can be gained either from Magdalene Street or from the rear (North East) corner of the car park.
Coach parking is also available at Northload Street West car park (approximately 400 metres from the abbey).
Other car parks are Northload Street East and West, Bowyers Close and Silver Street - all close to the Town Centre; here fees are due to the District Council under their current tariff.
There are public toilets by the car/coach park and also on site.
Facilities for People with Disabilities
There is wheelchair access on site with the Ticket Office, Gift Shop, Toilet and Museum all interlinked, are modern and are all ramped, with stone and tarmac surfaces.
The grounds have compacted gravel/dust paths, which are, believe it or not, excellent for wheelchairs and wheelchairs can go onto the grass, if the ground is not too wet. We do keep two manual wheelchairs on site, for people to use when here, but they will require help from their companion.
There is one accessible toilet on site for disabled users.
A large print map can be made available on request as well as a guided tour of the grounds in Braille with an accompanying written version.
There are Hearing Induction loops in the Ticket Office and Shop to assist hearing aid users.
The Lady Chapel is accessible for viewing, by wheelchairs users, via a 'bridge' across its centre, without any steps!
From March to October, daily, we have costumed guides, who will tell visitors tales of the past; one character has several presentations each day, usually in the Abbots Kitchen and this can be enjoyed by all our visitors.
We do have an outdoor summer cafe (mid-May until late-September) which has some 'fixed' circular tables and chairs; a number of these units have space to accommodate a wheelchair.
There is sadly no parking on site for disabled or other visitors; there is however a private car/coach park adjacent to our entrance (fees are payable), where one can park, or drop off as appropriate.
You are welcome to picnic within the park, however we would ask you not to picnic within the confines of the Abbey Church itself. There is a shelter in the centre of the park that may be used if the weather is inclement, however your class may also eat lunch in the Outdoor Classroom if available. Please ensure all litter is either binned or taken home.
The abbey has a wide range of books and gifts. Due to restricted space please help us by allowing children to visit in small, accompanied groups only.
From early-May until end of September we have an outdoor cafe, situated in the shelter by the Car Park wall (west end). The cafe sells teas, coffees, cold drinks, biscuits, sandwiches, pasties, ice-creams ... even home made cakes and cream teas.
Please form an orderly queue - if descending on the cafe en-mass!
Health & Safety
We try to provide a safe place for visitors, within the constraints of an historic property; but please take care. Varying ground levels can be dangerous, especially in wet weather. Take care around the two ponds and rough stonework. In the wildlife areas beware of uneven ground and badger holes. Children must be supervised at all times. A First Aid kit is kept at the ticket office.
A 'Risk Assessment' can be obtained from the abbey on request. Please note that this is intended to supplement the schools own risk assessment procedures, not to replace them.