Farming through the Ages

Dimock family, before 1918, last farming family who lived in Denny Abbey

Our independent museum tells the 850-year story of farming and life in the Cambridgeshire Fens, with hands-on and interactive exhibits. It is also the location of Denny Abbey, the beautiful Former Benedictine monastery which we manage on behalf of English Heritage.

The area around Denny Abbey has been farmed for almost 2,000 years, since Roman times. The land here rises slightly above the surrounding fen. This provided a firm base for the barns, stores, and monastery buildings, which were constructed from 1159. Later, the Abbey was adapted to provide a large farmhouse and yard for generations of farming families.

Today you can visit the farmyard and discover how life in the Cambridgeshire countryside has changed over the past 100 years.

The story takes you back in time with displays about the medieval period to the present day. You can then go on to the former Abbey buildings and find out about the monks, Knights Templars, and the nuns who once lived here.