Explore the fascinating remnants of one of the great monastic foundations of the Middle Ages at this important site, based in the historic market town of Waltham Abbey.
With origins dating back to the early 11th century, the site adopted many religious functions over the years (including as a church and priory) before eventually becoming home to one of the most prosperous and important abbeys in the country: the traditional resting place of King Harold II, the last Anglo-Saxon king of England, and later housing the Waltham Bible.
Although the abbey was dissolved in 1540 (the last monastic house in England to be surrendered to the Crown), visitors can still see a fine 14th century gatehouse and bridge that remains, as well as the walls of the post-medieval house that was built following its dissolution.
Managed by Lee Valley Regional Park Authority. Visit their website for the abbey and gardens.
Before You Go
Parking: The abbey remains sit within Waltham Abbey Gardens and these have a car park accessible from the roundabout on the B194 at the junction of Abbey View and Crooked Mile. The car park is not managed by English Heritage and there is a charge for it depending on the length of your visit - the first hour is free and then there a £2.50 charge for the rest of the day.
Facilities: There are no facilities at the abbey remains but they are in the town of Waltham Abbey where there are shops and places to eat.
Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome.
Plan a Great Day Out
If you're looking for things to do in the area, then take a visit to Kenwood House which lies just fifteen miles away on the edge of Hampstead Heath, surrounded by tranquil landscaped gardens. Kenwood is one of London's hidden gems, with breathtaking interiors and a stunning world-class art collection that are free for everyone to enjoy.
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