Downside Abbey

The Abbey of St Gregory the Great recalls a great French cathedral.

About this church

It is perhaps not surprising, for the Benedictine community that settled at Downside in 1814 had its origins in northern France.

However, the great Roman Catholic church that was eventually built has work by eminent British architects including Sir Gile sGilbert Scott (nave and tower) and Sir Ninian Comper (great east window and Lady chapel furniture).

The church serves not only the monastic community but also the adjacent Roman Catholic boarding school.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Magnificent memorials
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Social heritage stories
  • National heritage here
  • Famous connections

Visitors information

  • Level access to the main areas
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Accessible toilets nearby
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike

Other nearby churches

St Giles

The magnificent pinaccled tower of St Giles, built around 1480, dominates the surrounding village and is reputed to be the best tower in the Mendips.

St Mary Magdalene

The tower alone is reason enough to visit this church, a distinctive landmark high in the Mendips.

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