The original Leiston Abbey was built in 1182 by Ranulf de Glanville, but the original site was prone to flooding so it was moved to a new site three kilometres away.

The new abbey, pictured here, was built in 1365 using many of the same materials from the original abbey. The remains include the walls of the abbey church and associated buildings, with earthworks and a moat. The most impressive remains are probably the 16th century brick gatehouse. The original Lady Chapel has been restored and is occasionally used for worship.

The nearby RSPB reserve, Minsmere, which was the home of the 2015 series of BBC’s Springwatch, offers perfect viewing of the abbey and its surrounding area.

If you’re interested in exploring the region (and are an avid birdwatcher), visit Minsmere.

Explore the rest of the coast at The Suffolk Coast.