About Us

The Almonry, Evesham

This 14th/early 15th Century building was once home to the Almoner, one of the monks from the Benedictine Abbey that was founded at Evesham in the 8th Century.

Following the closure of the Abbey by Henry VIII, the Almonry became the private home of the last Abbot, Philip Ballard, whilst the rest of the Abbey buildings were sold to Sir Philip Hoby who arranged for the quarrying of the stone.

Today, the Almonry, two churches, bell tower and cloister arch are all that remain of what was reportedly the third largest abbey in England.

The Almonry has had a varied history: ale house, offices, tea rooms, and a private residence, until it was finally purchased by Evesham Borough Council in 1929, opening as a museum centre in 1957.

Today the Almonry is still owned and funded by Evesham Town Council.

The Museum

The Almonry houses an eclectic collection that spans from the prehistoric to the 20th Century. The Museum is displayed over 2 floors and the garden: the emphasis is on how Evesham has developed and grown over time. There are exhibitions about the Abbey, the battle of Evesham in 1265, horticulture in the area, Archaeology and fossils and a Victorian school room.

The Almonry is an amazing place to explore with friends or family or to sit and contemplate in our beautiful garden.

We have an exciting programme of events each year, including children’s workshops, demonstrations and exhibitions. Please visit our Events page for more information.