Downside Abbey Church
Downside Abbey Church, one of only four Minor Basilicas in England, has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade I listed building.
The church is open dawn-dusk. You can use our new guidebook (click here to buy in advance or purchase from the Visitor Centre on the day) or click here to arrange a guided tour. We can provide guided tours of up to 50 people.
What to look for when you visit Downside Abbey Church…
- The Giles Gilbert-Scott designed Nave, with its ‘unfinished’ West front: spot the arches
- The magnificent gate to the Lady Chapel; itself one of the most complete and successful schemes of Ninian Comper.
- The Garner-designed woodwork of the quire, modelled on the stalls in Chester Cathedral.
- Listen to the Compton organ with its 142 speaking stops and casework by Giles Gilbert Scott. The console is made from timber from HMS Bellerophon which transported Napoleon after the Battle of Waterloo.
- The decorated transepts, the oldest part of the Abbey Church, designed by Dunn and Hansom in 1882.
- The relics of St Oliver Plunkett.
“The most splendid demonstration of the renaissance of Roman Catholicism in England“
Sir Nikolaus Pevsner