Waverley Abbey

The very first monastery founded in Britain, 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 the Cistercian religious order in England. The impressive remains include the fine 13th-century vaulted dining hall for the lay brothers, the Cistercians' labour force. In more recent times, the abbey has been used as a backdrop to the films Elizabeth (1998), Disney's Into the Woods (2014) and The Huntsman (2016).