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Ambrose de Lisle gave the land in Charnwood Forest to found this Cistercian monastery in 1835. The community was originally housed in a cottage, but when money became available for building the abbey church in 1844, the great ecclesiastical architect of his day, A W Pugin, stepped in and offered his services for free. Today the abbey is home to around 35 Trappist monks, who divide their time between prayer, Bible study and work on their dairy farm and pottery – you can visit the church, and buy some of their varied produce in the gift shop.

Mount St Bernard Abbey
Oaks Road, COALVILLE, LE67 5UL
Phone : 01530 832298

Features

Facilities
  • Parking onsite
Accessibility
  • Fully accessible
  • Accessible toilets
Opening Times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open all year, daily 7am–7pm

About The area

Discover Leicestershire

Leicestershire is divided between the large country estates of its eastern side and the industrial towns of the East Midlands to its west. Coal mining was an important part of the county’s industrial development in the 19th and 20th centuries. This is reflected in its heritage, including a reclaimed mine near Coalville, now divided between a nature reserve and Snibston Discovery Park, where families can learn about the mining industry. Meanwhile, agricultural areas are concentrated around the pleasant market towns of Market Harborough and Market Bosworth.

The county’s administrative centre is the city of Leicester, and other major towns are Loughborough, which includes bell-founding among its many industries, and Melton Mowbray, home of Stilton cheese and a particularly English item, the pork pie. One shop in Leicester has been specialising in this meaty delicacy since 1851. Northeast of Melton Mowbray is the lovely Vale of Belvoir, beneath which are large deposits of coal.

Charnwood Forest, with fewer trees than one would expect, provides a wild and rugged landscape conveniently situated for escape from the city. It lies to the northwest of Leicester extending to Loughborough and Coalville, with some interruptions.

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