WAVERLEY ABBEY

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WAVERLEY ABBEY
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Looking for: Heritage, Historical
Address: Farnham, Surrey, GU9 8EP
Postcode: GU9 8EP
Age Group: All Ages
Kids Activity: Outdoors
Telephone: 0370 333 1181
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Waverley Abbey in Surrey was the very first monastery founded in Britain by the reforming Cistercian religious order. A small group of monks from France settled in this quiet spot by the River Wey in 1128, and Waverley soon became the springboard for Cistercian settlement in southern England. The impressive remains include the fine 13th century vaulted refectory or dining hall for the lay brothers, the Cistercians' labour force.

Read more about Waverley Abbey's history.

In more recent times, the abbey has been used as a backdrop to the films Elizabeth (1998) and Disney's Into the Woods (2014).

BEFORE YOU GO
Access: The ruins are approximately 350 metres from the car park across uneven turf.

Parking: There is limited parking at the site. The ruins are roughly a five minute walk from the car park.

Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome.

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PLAN A GREAT DAY OUT
Refresh yourself at nearby Farnham and explore Farnham Castle Keep, just two miles from Waverley Abbey.

A little further afield is Silchester Roman City Walls and Amphitheatre. Go back in time and explore the history of the site.

Or, for something completely different, you could admire the Greek Revival architecture of The Grange at Northington and picnic in the picturesque park.

OPENING TIMES

30 APRIL 2017 - 24 MARCH 2018
Open any reasonable time during daylight hours
25 MARCH 2018 ONWARDS
Opening times will be available nearer the time