Organising a Private Tour with Optional Tea

Dorchester Abbey welcomes groups for guided visits.  To ensure access will be possible, it is essential to pre-book all group visits (over ten people) with the parish office, even if you do not require a guided tour or tea.

Copies of the illustrated Dorchester Abbey guide book may be ordered in advance by groups for a discounted price of £4 per copy (RRP £5). Please order these from the Parish Office at the time of booking.

Tour1Classic Tour

The Abbey stewards are a dedicated team who are experienced at explaining and showing the Abbey’s history and beautiful features to visitors.
The classic tour lasts for one hour and 15 minutes.
Cost: £5 per person (minimum charge £50)

Tour2Specialist Tour: Art & Architecture at the Abbey

A more detailed investigation of the history of the art and architecture of the Abbey placed within the wider historical context of British/European history; from the Anglo-Saxon Christian missionary period through to present day. A consideration will be given to how these often link to specific historical aspects of the building and its own particular history. Alternatively, a bespoke tour can be organised to focus on an area/period of your particular interest.
The specialist tour is arranged by the Abbey’s Education Officer and lasts approx. one hour – one hour and 15 minutes.
Cost: £7.50 per person (minimum charge £150)

Teas for Group Tours

Any tour groups may book for a sit-down tea before or following their tour.
Tea-Room

In The Abbey Guest House

The Guest House seats groups of up to 35-40, at tables for 6 or 8. There is a choice of pre-bookable Tour plus Tea options in the Guest House:
Standard tea
Cost: £9.50 per person or £12.00 per person, (minimum charge £95 or £240), to include:
– Either the Classic or Specialist Art & Architecture Guided Tour
– Cup of tea
– Scone, jam and cream
Tea with cake
Cost: £10 per person or £12.50 per person, (minimum charge £100 or £250), to include:
– Either the Classic or Specialist Art & Architecture Guided Tour
– Cup of tea
– Scone, jam and cream
– Cake

In The Abbey

On occasion permission may be given by the Rector for groups to be served tea at the back of the Abbey following their tour and Abbey volunteers will host the tea.
Premium tea
Cost: £17.00 or £19.50 per person, (minimum charge £340 or £390), to include:
– Either the Classic or Specialist Art & Architecture Guided Tour
– Cup of tea
– Scone, jam and cream
– Cake
Buffet
For groups who do not wish to be seated, or where their schedule does not allow time for this, groups may book for a classic tour with coffee and biscuits at back of Abbey. Cost: £7.50 per person, (minimum charge £75), to include:
– Classic Tour
– Coffee and biscuits (not seated)

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