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I first heard of Waverley Abbey when some friends wanted to go there one halloween to go ghost hunting, as it one of the most haunted places in the UK. It is situated just outside of Farnham Town Centre, Surrey, on the bend of the River Wey.
Waverley Abbey was the first Cistercian abbey in England, and it was founded in 1128 by William Giffard, who was the Bishop of Winchester.
Today, only the ruins of this once wonderful Abbey remain, but the ruins are still a fascinating sight, with some full walls, and partial rooms still standing. You can see the wonderful arcitecture from these early days of England, and it really is amazing to see, in the daylight.
At night time, the Abbey is a whole new place! I have been there many times with friends on a ghost hunt, and if you do not believe in ghosts, I am sure this place will totally change your mind. I have seen some scary sights here, and have some amazing photos.
If you are up for just sight seeing, I do recommend going here during the day, as there is some beautiful things to see, like the great building work and the trees around the Abeey's ruins. It is also a great place to soak up some of the history of Farnham. If you would like to go ghost hunting, pop to this place after dark.
The ruins are located in a field, which is about a 3-4 minute walk to get to. The walk is just along the river, but you can see the ruins as soon as you come through the gate to the field. There is two gates from the field into the area of the ruins. There is turnstiles too, but I think this is only on one of the gates. There is very limited parking, maybe enough room for 3 cars, as there is no actual car park here, and if you have not been to the Abbey before, you have to keep your eyes open to find it, as the only sign pointing to entrance is literally right across from it, and you can easily miss the turning in.
I think this is a really nice place to visit, set in a nice, quiet location, whether you go day or night, and it can even be a nice place to have a picnic, sat next to the river.