Bayham Old Abbey, Kent/Sussex Border, UK

Hubby and I have memberships to both National Trust and English Heritage.  We’ve been members for under a year but try to fit in visits as often as we can.

English Heritage is my favourite because I have a thing for old ruins.  I love the desolate, abandoned feeling and the sense of history that you get in some ruins.  Bayham Old Abbey was such a place.

This 12th century Premonstratensian monastery  can be found on the Kent/Sussex border in Frant, a small village of approximately 1367 people.  The Abbey, so the story goes, was built from local sandstone by Premonstratensian canons.

Today only partial walls remain but nonetheless, it is still an impressive structure.  You get that wonderful sense of history.  It is such a tranquil place, you can close your eyes and imagine what it must have been like in days gone by.

One of the tripadvisor reviews complains about people picnicking by the ruins, says it ruins the atmosphere.  I disagree.  It’s a perfect place for a picnic and there are benches for just that purpose.  You can sit there, enjoy the views and soak in the atmosphere.

It doesn’t get as busy as some of the other English Heritage sites which can be nice.

I’d definitely recommend a visit.  I will definitely go again, if only to enjoy the atmosphere!