At Turvey Abbey we welcome visitors to our daily Eucharist and the Divine Office (worship service). There is no need to make a special arrangement if you wish to join us in worship. Our worship is open to all. Guests are also welcome to use our main chapel and smaller chapel outside of the times of worship.
Turvey Abbey is not ‘open to the public’ as such, however we do have facilities for day guests and residential guests. The Abbey provides a quiet space that can be used by guests, both men and women, for retreats, for prayer, for rest and relaxation, to get away from the busyness and stress of everyday life, perhaps to work on a particular project. We can accommodate private guests for day and residential visits. We can, on occasion, accommodate small residential groups. We are not able to accommodate day groups for 2016. We have a total of 9 rooms in the two guest houses: 5 single rooms, 2 single en suite rooms, 1 twin room, 1 twin ensuite room. Advanced booking is essential. Groups are asked to arrange their own input.For more information see Retreats, Courses, Guests
Services take place in the main chapel, and Blessed Sacrament chapel is available for private prayer. The re-landscaped guest house garden has proved popular with guests, and the surrounding countryside is well provided with public footpaths and bridleways for longer walks.
Groups are free to arrange their own input or to arrange to have it provided by a member of the community. It is also possible for private guests to arrange for spiritual direction. Please enquire in advance about these options.
Central to our monastic life is the practice of silence and reflection. The community keeps ‘great silence’ from after the final service of the day, Compline, until 9 am the following morning, 9.30 when Mass is combined with Lauds. During this time we avoid speaking and try to maintain a quiet atmosphere in the Abbey and in the grounds. We invite our guest to share with us in this practice.