Waverley Abbey was the first Cistercian abbey in England. It was founded in 1128 by William Giffard, Bishop of Winchester. Located in Farnham, Surrey, about southeast of the town centre, the abbey is situated on a floodplain, surrounded by current and previous channels of the River Wey. It was damaged on more than one occasion by severe flooding, resulting in rebuilding in the 13th century. Despite being the first Cistercian abbey in England, and being motherhouse to several other abbeys, Waverley was "slenderly endowed" and its monks are recorded as having endured poverty and famine.Waverley Abbey is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, Farnham Edition.
The abbey was closed in 1536 as part of King Henry VIII's Dissolution of the Monasteries. Subsequently largely demolished, its stone was reused in local buildings, including "Waverley Abbey House", which was built in 1723 in the northern portion of the former abbey precinct.
Waverley Abbey House, the ruins of the abbey and the surrounding land are all part of a conservation area. The house is a Grade II* Listed building and the ruins a Scheduled Ancient Monument.
The ruins of the abbey are currently managed by English Heritage and open to the public.
Waverley Abbey was founded by Bishop William Giffard on 24 November 1128. The first abbot and 12 monks were brought from L'Aumône Abbey in Normandy, France.
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You have to be alert to find this hidden gem if you're just passing by. Very well maintained grounds and respectfully preserved ruins surrounded by woodland. Just walking around this site there's a fe... more »
This is the place where part of the shooting for the movie The Mummy (2016/2017) with Tom Cruise took place. I’ve visited on May 2019 and doesn’t look like someone care much about making the place nea... more »
It's hard to fault this little place of interest in the Surrey hills area. Free (limited) parking, plenty of information boards and some very evocative ruins make it a great spot for a wander. Bring the camera and get creative!
Great historic site ..free entry nice grounds and lots to see on the river from swans to herons with cattle in ajoining fields . There are useful information plaques so you can read about the history .although the sire does not have much parking timing your visit is a must ...lovely first thing or last thing at night.
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