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Whalley Abbey

Whalley Abbey is the stunning Diocesan Retreat and Conference Centre for The Church of England in Lancashire (Blackburn Diocese).

It is located in the picturesque village of Whalley, part of Lancashire's stunning Ribble Valley and you will discover it nestling on the banks of the River Calder which runs through the centre of Whalley.

The Retreat and Conference House is set in the stunning grounds and ruins of the 14th Century medieval Cistercian Abbey.

Tranquillity is key ... and yet you are within 15 minutes drive of the motorway network; while Whalley village also has a rail station with mainline connections to Preston and onwards to all parts of the country, including Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham and London. 

Spirituality Programme 2020

The Abbey's 2020 Retreat Programme of residential retreats and spirituality days for all, as well as quiet days for clergy, provides a variety of occasions to be still and quiet, to hear from God through His Word and be refreshed in love for Jesus Christ.

Archdeacon Mark says: "Please can I encourage you to display the programme poster in your church.

And if you would also like some printed copies of the programme for display in church please email"

Each Diocese of Blackburn parish can also book a room at the Conference Centre for a retreat or other parish get-together completely FREE of charge once a year. 

The grounds and ruins are open to visitors to explore (small charge) with Cafe Autisan (run by a separate charity) open for refreshments from 10am-4pm seven days a week.

Contact details:

  • The Sands, Whalley, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 9SS
  • Telephone: 01254 828400
  • Email:
  • Website:


Ronnie Semley
January 2020