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Dore Abbey

This will be the first church that many people visit when exploring the beautiful and aptly named Golden Valley.

Abbeydore, Herefordshire

Opening times

The Abbey is usually open 9am to 5pm (4pm in winter), although access to the Presbytery may be limited when a service is in progress.
The Abbey grounds are always open.



Dore is considered a marvellous example of a Laudian Church.

It is all that is left of a Cistercian abbey founded here in 1147, and consists of what had been the presbytery, crossing and transepts of the abbey church. Much of it dates from the 12th and 13th centuries, though the tower is 17th century.

At the Dissolution the abbey buildings were sold and much of the fabric was demolished. By 1632 cattle were using parts of it as a shelter. It was at this time that Viscount Scudamore, whose great great grandfather had bought the abbey, began to restore the church, including building the tower.

Much of the building work reused stone from the rest of the old abbey buildings, including items such as the bosses which had been carefully saved from the nave roof. Many of the fittings are from this time, including the ornate wooden screen. The musician's gallery, also of wood, dates from the early 18th century.

The church needed restoring again by the end of the 19th century, and this essential rescue included revealing, protecting and reusing many original features and items.

  • Captivating architecture

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Social heritage stories

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • Dog friendly

  • Level access to the main areas

  • On street parking at church

  • Parking within 250m

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Church of England

  • Partnership Grant, £3,000, 2017

  • Our Partnership Grants funded a range of repair projects, recommended by County Church Trusts, to help keep churches open.

Contact information

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