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).
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.
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