The Abbey Church of St Peter and St Paul, more casually called Dorchester Abbey, is a Church of England parish church in Dorchester-on-Thames, in Oxfordshire, about 8 miles southeast of Oxford. It was formerly a Norman abbey church and was built on the site of a Saxon cathedral.
The Abbey is open 365 days a year, 8.00 am – 6.00 pm (summer) / 8.00 am to 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 before your visit.
The museum in the Abbey Guest House is open from Easter Saturday to the end of September with the following opening hours:
Wednesday to Thursday: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Friday: 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holiday Mondays: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Monday and Tuesday: CLOSED
The Tea Room is open from Easter Saturday until the end of September:
Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, and Bank Holiday Monday: 2.30 pm to 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
or until the cake runs out!
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) and Oxford (bus and taxi services available).