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The Dark Side of the Abbey

The Dark Side of the Abbey

Throughout the 500 years of its existence the tranquility and calm of the abbey was often disrupted by its fair share of natural disasters, including fire, flood and plague

Combine all that with times of dissent and bloody violence and you have a rich story book of tales to bring to life as we examine the turbulent side of the Abbey’s history.

The Dark Side of the Abbey runs on Fridays from April to October. Tours start on Angel Hill, opposite the Abbey Gate, at 11.00am, and last 90 minutes. They are in English and are suitable for all ages and abilities.

Adults £7.50, U-18s £4, U-5s free, Family of four (max 2 adults) £20.

Tickets must be booked online in advance.

We’ve prepared some Covid-19 Safety Guidelines for you to read before you join us, and you should also read our Cancellation Policy. We look forward to welcoming you!

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“Thoroughly enjoyed the tour so much more interesting than reading off plaques and books. The guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining.”

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“It was a real joy to spend 90 minutes getting to know more about the town where we live. He really knew his stuff and shared it in an interesting and entertaining way. We would highly recommend it”

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“Really fascinating tour and our guide was very knowledgeable and kept my interest as well as my 9 year old son’s. I have lived within 20 miles of Bury my whole life and also work there but still learnt a great deal.”

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“Fabulous tour today. Our guide was so knowledgeable and we felt very lucky to be guided around Bury and at short notice. We felt very safe and all COVID guidelines were implemented. Great value for money too.”

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