Visiting Launde Abbey
We’re open every day for visitors wishing to just pop in, so whether you live locally or you are visiting a local attraction or one of the vibrant market towns of Oakham, Stamford or Uppingham, you might like to come to Launde Abbey as a casual day visitor.
Whilst at Launde Abbey as part of your day out, call in to our Dairy Tea Room for a tea or coffee and treat yourself to something from our delicious selection of home made biscuits and cakes. There’s always the opportunity to extend your selection to include a light lunch from our generous cafe menu. You’ll be assured of a very warm welcome.
There are plenty of places around the Abbey grounds where day visitors can relax and enjoy the time away from the busyness of life. We also have a Victorian kitchen garden to explore, where much of the produce used in our kitchen is grown. There is also a small shop in Reception which sells a variety of gifts including jars of local honey.
There are some great circular walks from the Abbey – and a handful of ‘simple route maps’ are made available to our residential and day guests. These can be borrowed upon request at Reception and should be returned upon the completion of your walk. So don’t forget your walking boots!
If you wish to spend time in the Abbey, you can book in with Reception as a day guest. The Day Guest fee includes lunch, home made biscuit and cake, unlimited tea and coffee, and permits access to many areas of the Abbey including the Chapel. For the additional enjoyment of our day guests we also have a small bookshop.
As a Day Guest, you are welcome to join the Community for Midday Prayer and Evening Prayer and use one of our Chapels for private prayer or contemplation.
We are able to cater for a variety of diets, including vegetarians, and will be happy to talk to you about this before your visit.
Please note that all day visitors and day guests to Launde Abbey are advised to take note of our Keeping You Safe programme.
We make every effort to meet the needs of all our visitors and guests, but our buildings and facilities do have certain limitations on account of their age. For those with limited mobility we have recently installed lift access to the Chapel, and we have level access to the main Abbey house, and our Dairy Tea Room. There is also a lift in the main house which gives access to our toilet facilities. Please discuss any particular needs with us before visiting and we will endeavour to make your visit as easy for you as possible.
Children are always very welcome at Launde and there’s plenty of space to explore. We do ask that they be accompanied by an adult at all times (there are a few hazardous areas in the grounds such as our pond) and that they remain respectful of the silent areas in the house and gardens.
Well behaved dogs are permitted in the grounds only of Launde Abbey. However we do ask that they are kept on a lead at all times and that you clear up after them. Dogs are not permitted in the cafe or any of the buildings at Launde, with the exception of assistance dogs which are always welcome.