Leiston Abbey

Free Entry

Open any reasonable time during daylight hours


Abbey Road, Theberton, Leiston, Suffolk, IP16 4TD

Before You Go

The mainly 14th-century remains of an abbey of Premonstratensian canons. Among Suffolk’s most impressive monastic ruins, with some spectacular architectural features.

Read more about Leiston Abbey's history.

Managed by Pro Corda Trust - visit their website for further information.


Before You Go

Parking: There is a gravel car park to the right of the track down to the abbey.

Facilities: There are no facilities at the abbey but it just over a mile from the town of Leiston where there are a variety of shops and places to eat.

Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome.

Drone flying: English Heritage does not permit drone flying from or over sites in our care, except by contractors or partners undertaking flights for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and permissions, and are operating under controlled conditions. Please see our drone filming guidelines for more details, or email our Filming team.

Plan a Great Day Out

If you’re looking for things to do in the area, Framlingham Castle lies 12 miles to the west. This impressive castle was once a fearsome fortress, where now visitors can muster their courage and explore its towering walls. It was behind these walls that Mary Tudor was proclaimed Queen of England.  Discover more of Framlingham's stories in the exhibition, and walk the ramparts of the castle to enjoy its breath-taking views.

Or 12 miles south is one of England’s most complete and unusual keeps, Orford Castle. The unique polygonal tower stands beside the pretty town and former port, which Henry II also developed here. The castle is remarkably intact allowing visitors to explore from the basement, through the lower and upper halls to the roof where there are magnificent views seaward to Orford Ness. Around the rooms is a maze of passages leading to the chapel, kitchen and other chambers in the turrets.