Visiting the Abbey

Opening times and access

The Abbey is open 365 days a year, 8.00 am - 6.00 pm (summer) / 8.00 am - dusk (winter), and entry is free.

On occasion, the building may not be fully accessible if in use for services, weddings, concerts, recordings, repair or restoration work. To ensure you are not disappointed, please check the Abbey bookings calendar or telephone the parish office before you come.

Disabled access: Ramp into Abbey and Cloister Gallery, Disabled toilet

See the Museum and Tea Room pages for their opening times.

Group Visits

If you are planning a group visit and would like to book a guided tour or afternoon tea, there are full details of  pre-bookable Tours and Teas options available at the Abbey in the information sheet which you can download here.

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.

How to find us

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If you can't see the Google Map above, you may have javascript turned off, or have an unsupported browser. The Abbey's address is High St, Dorchester, OX10 7HH. See map.


The Abbey has no car park. Please use the free public car park in Bridge End, directly opposite the Abbey. There is limited street parking but visitors are asked not to cause congestion or to inconvenience local residents.

For major events, follow signs for Abbey Parking (free) in the recreation ground and across the river bridge in Abbey View meadow, which are marked on the map below. Private coaches may drop passengers in the bus stop at the end of the Rose Walk, and park in the lay by on the Henley Road.

Click here for details of a parking map for Dorchester.


From M40 travelling South: No exit junction 7 so Exit at Junction 6 and take B4009 via Watlington to Benson, then A4074 to Dorchester-on-Thames.

From M40 travelling North: Exit at Junction 7 and take A329 via Stadhampton and Warborough to Shillingford, then A4074 to Dorchester-on-Thames.

From M4 travelling West: Exit at Junction 8/9 and take A404/A4130 via Henley on Thames and Nettlebed to Crowmarsh, then A4074 to Dorchester-on-Thames.

From M4 travelling East: Exit at Junction 13 and take A34 to Abingdon, then A415 to Dorchester-on-Thames.

Nearest Train Stations: Didcot Parkway (taxi service available) Oxford (bus and taxi services available)

Nearest Airport: London Heathrow (buses to central Oxford) Bus timetables can be found at

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