More to Explore | Tudor Summer (II) The Reformation and the Abbey The Abbey was closed by Henry VIII in 1539 but the church itself was saved from destruction for £400. Why? How did it change? So much medieval decoration was removed from English churches that Queen Elizabeth I was alarmed by their drab state. Discover her solution and learn more about this difficult period in our history. Free tickets must be booked in advance | Donations welcome. More to Explore Tours Join one of our experienced guides to explore the hidden treasures of the Cathedral, discovering even more than you would on one of our usual tours.