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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' labor force. Fragments of the church and monastic buildings of the first Cistercian abbey in England remain, founded in 1128. Don't miss the new graphic panels that tell the story of this important monastery.
Waverley Abbey is situated 2 miles south east of Farnham, off the B3001.
Access: The ruins are approximately 350 meters from the parking lot across uneven turf.
Parking: There is limited parking at the site. The ruins are roughly a five-minute walk from the parking lot.
Dogs: on leashes are welcome.