I am wondering how to contact and initiate a visit to St John the Baptist Monastery in Essex. Should I merely just call them, or do they have an official website where I can read more about it? I will be flying over from Sweden, Gothenburg.
Thank you for any help!
The monastery has no website and no email address. You can write to them at:
The Old Rectory
and phone at: 0044 1621 816471
For accommodation at the monastery, ask for Sister Paula.
There are flights from Gothenburg to Stansted Airport (though Ryanair flights are not cheap). You may get a cheaper flight to Heathrow but then it's longer to travel to Tolleshunt Knights from Heathrow than from Stansted.
From Stansted there is a bus to Colchester (North Station) (takes about an hour). From there you can take a taxi to the monastery (takes about half an hour) which (during the daytime) will cost about £15.
From Heathrow, you can get the train (underground) to London (probably Paddington station). Heathrow has 5 terminals so you have to check at the terminal you arrive at because trains to London differ according to which terminal you depart from. In London, get the underground to Liverpool Street station. From Liverpool Street station, get a train to Kelvedon. From Kelvedon station, get a taxi to the monastery (about 15 minutes).
Hope this helps a bit.
PS If you phone, be patient and be prepared to have to try several times. Try late morning and mid-afternoon.