Stoneleigh Abbey, Warwickshire
With humble beginnings as a Cistercian monastic house in 1154, Stoneleigh Abbey was converted at the Dissolution into a comfortable family home. One of the seats of the Leigh family, Stoneleigh has played host to several people of note, including King Charles I, Queen Victoria, and novelist Jane Austen.
The fine Grade 1 listed English Mansion House is comprised of two halves; the first, made of red sandstone, is a fine example of a Jacobean house, built from the ruins of the monastery. The second, the West Wing, was designed by famous architect Francis Smith of Warwick in the Baroque style. Visitors to the Abbey can learn more of the house's history through a guided tour of the West Wing.
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Stoneleigh, Kenilworth CV8 2LF
Tel: 01926 858 585
Located just off of the A46 on the B4115. Head southbound from the A45/A46 junction along the A46. Take the first exit signed Stoneleigh/Warwick Arts Centre. Turn left signed Stoneleigh & then in 100m turn right at the crossroads signed B4115 Stoneleigh Abbey & Ashow. In 1.5 miles, the Abbey is signed as a left turn.
Please note that there is no access to Stoneleigh Abbey from Stoneleigh Park.