The Abbey Gardens are located near to the town centre in Abingdon. They are designated as a Scheduled Ancient Monument as the Abingdon Abbey, which dates back to the seventh century, once stood on the site.
The layout of the outer wall to the abbey is marked on the ground with stone blocks, and interpretation boards in the gardens give an impression of how the site would have looked when the abbey was there. The gardens comprise of two main areas; the formal garden area with flower beds, herbaceous borders, seating and an Italian walkway; and open parkland with a number of mature trees, an ornamental lake and a Folly that stands near a statue of Queen Victoria.
There is nothing to see today of the abbey church. There are some 'ruinous' arches in the 'Abbey Gardens', but this is really a folly built in the 1920s. Some of its architectural features are dubiously said to have come from the old abbey.
Abbey Meadows Outdoor Pool is situated nearby, a beautiful area accessible by boat, with moorings adjacent. The area also offers tennis, mini golf and a children's playground. As well as the heated 40m Abbey Meadows Outdoor Pool, there is a smaller learner pool, changing rooms, interactive water feature and snacks kiosk.