First built in the 13th century, Titchfield Abbey in Hampshire was the home of a community of Premonstratensian canons. The canons lived communally, like monks, but also preached and served as priests in the local community. After the Suppression of the Monasteries, Henry VIII gave the abbey to Sir Thomas Wriothesley, Earl of Southampton, who transformed the buildings into a grand Tudor mansion called Place House. The most impressive feature of the abbey today is a grand turreted gatehouse, which was built across the nave of the church.
Read more about the history of Titchfield Abbey.
Before You Go
Parking: There is a small car park at the site accessed via the track through the narrow gate in the high walls surrounding the abbey, opposite the Fishermans Rest pub. There is a £2 charge for parking for non-members payable by text. Parking is free for Members with a valid English Heritage car sticker on display.
Opening Times: The abbey is open daily from 10am to 5pm from April to September, and daily from 10am to 4pm from October to March. View details.
Access: Be aware that some of the site is uneven.
Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome.
Drone flying: English Heritage does not permit drone flying from or over sites in our care, except by contractors or partners undertaking flights for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and permissions, and are operating under controlled conditions. Please see our drone filming guidelines for more details, or email our Filming team.
Plan a Great Day Out
If you enjoy visiting this converted Tudor House, you could also visit the romantic ruins of nearby Netley Abbey, just five miles away. From Netley you could undertake a coastal castle tour: Calshot Castle and Portchester Castle are perfectly staggered along the coast from Titchfield and both boast stunning views out to sea. Portchester Castle also has a great shop where you can browse for that special reminder of your day.