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St Catherine’s Chapel

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St Catherine’s Chapel is a beautiful 14th Century building set high on a hilltop overlooking Chesil Beach, the village of Abbotsbury and the ruins of Abbotsbury Abbey. Now under the guardianship of English Heritage, the chapel was built as a place of pilgrimage and retreat by the monks of Abbotsbury Abbey. The chapel’s position is in isolation on the hilltop, 80 metres above sea level and was repaired in 1742 and the late 19th century, but is largely unaltered.

The chapel is situated between 3 of the best attractions in Dorset – Abbotsbury Swannery and Abbotsbury Sub-Tropical Gardens, and you can walk up the hill to take in the views from the chapel and have a look inside. It is a fairly steep incline of approximately half a mile. One of the best places to view the chapel from, is on the Jurassic Coast Road at the viewpoint, just before descending down the hill into the village. Dogs are welcome on leads and cattle are usually grazing in the field around the chapel.

Where to find St Catherine’s Chapel

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St Catherine’s Chapel
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11.0 miles from Highlands End and Eype Beach

13.1 miles from Golden Cap

7.8 miles from Graston Copse

17.6 miles from Sandyholme

Opening Times
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Monday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Tuesday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Wednesday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Thursday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Friday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

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* Place data from Google, including opening times is correct at time of publication. We always recommend checking with the destination attraction.

St Catherine’s Chapel features in 1 of our itineraries...

Along the Coast to Abbotsbury

Places to visit include Abbotsbury, Abbey Farm Abbotsbury, St Catherine’s Chapel, Abbotsbury Swannery, Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, among others

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