This 14th Century building was once home to the Almoner of the Benedictine Abbey that was founded at Evesham in the 8th Century. Following the closure of the Abbey by Henry VIII, the Almonry became the personal home of the last Abbot, Philip Ballard, whilst the rest of the Abbey buildings were sold to Sir Philip Hoby who arranged for the quarrying of the stone. It has a part rubble and part timber framed structure with a Cotswold stone roof. Additions to the building were made in the 15th and 17th-centuries. Today, the Almonry, two churches, bell tower and cloister arch are all that remain of what was reportedly the third largest abbey in England. The Almonry has had a varied career: ale house, offices, tea rooms, private home, until it was finally purchased by Evesham Borough Council in 1929, opening as a heritage centre in 1957.
Today the Almonry houses an eclectic collection that spans the prehistoric to the 20th Century. Displayed over 12 rooms and a garden, the emphasis is on how Evesham has developed and grown during this time. There are exhibitions about the Abbey, the battle of Evesham in 1265, horticulture in the area, Anglo-Saxon burial treasure, 18th Century clothing and the impact of war upon this little market town. For children, as well as adults, this is a wonderful place full of exciting treasures to discover and explore with their family and friends.
The Entrance to the Heritage Centre is through a large, wooden door that opens with a latch and is on a level with the ground outside. All the rooms within the Heritage Centre have a step or steps in and out of them, the floors are uneven and due to the sensitive nature of the items on display, the room lighting can be a little subdued. All the rooms have one or two chairs for visitor comfort. They can provide large print room guides on request and there are audio buttons throughout the building but unfortunately no induction loops. Carers are entitled to free entry and assistance dogs are welcome within the Almonry. The nearest public facilities are based at the Merstow Green long stay carpark, approximately 400 metres from the Almonry. There is also a disabled toilet in the long stay car park that is opened with a RADAR key. Each ticket is valid for 1 year and entitles the bearer to free entry for the rest of that period. Children under the age of 16 years must be accompanied by an adult.
Location : The Almonry Heritage Centre, Abbey Gate, Evesham, Worcestershire WR11 4BG
Transport: Evesham (National Rail) 0.5 miles. Bus Routes : 24, 28, 247 and 540 stop very close by. National Express stops outside.
Opening Times : Monday to Saturday 10:00 to 17:00; Sundays 14:00 to 17:00
Tickets : Adults £5.00; Seniors/Students £2.00; Children (under 11) Free.
Tel: 01386 446944