The Abbey dates back to 670 AD when it was founded by St Domneva on the site of St Mary's church. Much of the remaining building is dated at 1027 and we boast of being the oldest inhabited house in England. The Abbey also has a Norman wing and a modern Church which blends well with the main building as is open all day.
The grounds are beautiful and a place of peace and welcome. There is also a residential guest house on the site. Three medieval fish ponds can be viewed and the remains of a tithe barn. Minster is a grade 1 listed building of national importance and therefore a Thanet gem!
Big Weekend visitors can enjoy a tour of the Abbey and the gardens, by one of the nuns and a chance to learn about the origins of the village, the life of the community at the Abbey from its first foundation until the present day. A sister will be available to show you the Abbey and grounds, which include a crypt which is part of the oldest inhabited house in England going back to 1027 and there is a Norman Wing. The Abbey contains the relics of St Mildred the second Abbess who died at the end of the 7th century.
The present community of Benedictine Nuns arrived here in 1937. They run a small holding and a Guest/ Retreat house as well as giving guided tours and offering a place of prayer and meditation. The Tours are also available Mon-Fri in the afternoons 2.45-3.45. During May and September except over the Easter period.