One of the most historic religious centers in the country, only its ruins remain, mostly at ground level. Augustine was buried here. (Augustine is not to be confused with the also-famous St. Augustine of Hippo, who is sometimes known as "Augustine the African.") In an attempt to convert the Saxons, Pope Gregory I sent Augustine to England in 597. Ethelbert, the Saxon King, allowed Augustine and his followers to build a church outside the city walls, and it endured until Henry VIII tore it down. In its day, the abbey church rivaled the cathedral in size, and enough of the ruins remain to conjure the whole of the cloister, church, and refectory.

The ruins are in a grassy field, so the average visitor who doesn't have a particular interest or who doesn't know the history may want to look elsewhere. Adjacent to the remains are the abbey buildings that were converted into a royal palace by Henry VIII and used briefly by several monarchs, including Elizabeth I and Charles I.