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
Access: Be aware that some of the site is uneven.
Opening Times: Between April and September the abbey is open daily from 10am-5pm. Between October and March it is open from 10am-4pm, daily. View details.
Parking: There is a small car park onsite.
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.