Netley Abbey

Local nameNetley Abbey
LocationBorough of Eastleigh, UK

Netley Abbey is a ruined late medieval monastery in the village of Netley near Southampton in Hampshire, England. The abbey was founded in 1239 as a house for monks of the austere Cistercian order. Despite royal patronage, Netley was never rich, produced no influential scholars nor churchmen, and its nearly 300-year history was quiet. The monks were best known to their neighbours for the generous hospitality they offered to travellers on land and sea.

In 1536, Netley Abbey was seized by Henry VIII of England during the Dissolution of the Monasteries and the buildings granted to William Paulet, a wealthy Tudor politician, who converted them into a mansion. The abbey was used as a country house until the beginning of the eighteenth century, after which it was abandoned and partially demolished for building materials.

Tags CistercianRoman CatholicEnglish HeritageRuinsFree
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Opening hours

Apr - Sep:
daily: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Oct - Mar:
Sat - Sun: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Closed on Dec 24, 25, 26, 28 & 31, 2015 and Jan 1, 2016.


Admission to the site is free.

More information and contact


English Heritage website


Phone +44 870 333 1181

Address SO31 5, United Kingdom

Coordinates 50°52'42.968" N -1°21'25.846" E

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