Tupholme Abbey

Tupholme Abbey near Bardney, where you can find many different types of fungi

Tupholme Abbey near Bardney, where you can find many different types of fungi

Explore this area of the Witham Valley and you will come across amazing survivals of the nine monastic abbeys built in the early medieval period.

Tupholme Abbey is one of only a few with standing remains of the original monastic buildings in addition to the archaeological remains below ground.

The Heritage Trust of Lincolnshire purchased this site in 1988 and is preserving this ancient monument for future generations.

The site of the abbey makes a perfect spot for picnicking, it is on the several walking routes through the county including the Viking Way and a visit to the site is an excellent way to enjoy the countryside of this part of Lincolnshire.




Tupholme Abbey is located off the B1190 between Bardney and Horncastle. Park in the layby at the bottom of the track. Disabled visitors are welcome to drive up the track and park at the main gate.

Access with a wheelchair is possible but the ground is uneven across the site.
The site is open from dawn until dusk all year round.
There are no toilet or refreshment facilities on the site. There are information boards on the site explaining the cultural and natural heritage of the site.
  • Please take care as historic sites can be hazardous.
  • Please beware of the ponds on the site.
  • The site is grazed from April to November.
    Please do not approach or feed the sheep.
  • Wilful damage to the monument is a criminal offence.
  • Unauthorised use of metal detectors is prohibited.

further information

contact the site manager


Witham Valley Abbeys
Find out more about the other abbeys in the area and learn about the medieval religious communities of Lincolnshire.

Lincolnshire Limewoods Project
Tupholme Abbey is just one of the archaeological monuments included in this project by Lincolnshire County Council.


Tupholme Abbey education pack
includes computer-generated reconstructions


venue for music festivals
a tradition which has continued to this day