Large church

We look forward to welcoming you to our Norman Abbey — home to a thriving Christian congregation.

Where to find the Abbey

The Abbey is in the centre of Romsey – about 10 miles from Southampton and Winchester, 16 miles from Salisbury and about 80 miles (130 km) south-west of London (travel and parking information).

What you can see and do

Interior of large Norman church, with characteristic round arches, looking towards the altar
The quire and north transept

With a lofty nave and round Norman arches, Romsey Abbey is one of the most imposing churches in Southern England. It’s home to a number of treasures, including two Saxon roods, a 16th-century reredos (a screen displayed behind an altar) and the tomb of the Lord Mountbatten of Burma, great-uncle of Prince Charles.

View images of our treasures

Take a virtual 360° tour of the Abbey

As an active parish church, religious services take place every day. We also host concerts throughout the year.

Opening times

Monday – Saturday 8am – 6pm (later opening on Tuesdays and Thursdays – open approx 8.45am).
There are usually morning services at :
8am (Mon, Wed, Fri) and 9.15am (Tues, Sat) and 10am (Thurs)
The Abbey closes after Evening Prayer (starts 5.30pm).
Please avoid visiting during service times.
Sunday 8am – 7.15pm (there are usually services at 8am, 10am, and 6.30pm, plus other additional services).
The Abbey closes after Evensong.
Please avoid visiting during service times.

Free admission

We warmly welcome donations towards the upkeep of this beautiful building and its treasures.

Our stewards, who are on duty during the day, will happy to answer your questions.

Guided tours

We offer Weekly Wednesday Afternoon tours of Romsey Abbey at 3pm. A varied programme is offered from 3rd April to 30th October 2019.

Guided tours for Groups can be arranged at a time/date to suit your Group and the availability of the Abbey. We’re also pleased to offer educational visits. Please contact us if you would like one of our experienced guides to show you around the Abbey.

Facilities

Our gift stall by the North Door sells guide books, postcards, CDs and other souvenirs.

For refreshments, we recommend the Tudor Tea Room at King John’s House, just 50 yards away from the Abbey. There are other cafés and coffee shops in Romsey.

Unfortunately, we have no public toilets at the Abbey. The nearest facilities are next to the bus station, about 200 yards from the Abbey.

Disabled access

Wheelchair users can enter the building on the level via the South Door (there’s a step down into the Abbey via the North Porch, used by most visitors). Apart from a couple of steps – which are normally roped-off – and uneven stone floors in places, our wide aisles offer generally unimpeded access. The Abbey is equipped with a hearing loop for the hard of hearing.