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Things to do in Netley

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From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Point of Interest
“Free Entry Apr-Sep open daily 10am-4.30pm. Oct-Mar open weekends only 10am-4pm. Address: Abbey Hill, Netley, Hampshire, SO31 5FB Standing close to Southampton Water, Netley is the most complete surviving abbey built by the Cistercian monks in southern England. Almost all the walls of its 13th century church still stand, together with many monastic buildings. The buildings were converted into a fashionable Tudor house after the Suppression. Most traces of this house were removed in the 19th century, when Netley's ivy-clad remains, in their wooded setting, came to be celebrated as a perfect medieval ruin - and an inspiration for Romantic writers and poets. Before You Go Parking: There is limited car parking at the site. Further parking can be found at the Abbey Hall Recreation Ground, a five-minute walk from the site. Access: There are steps and uneven surfaces throughout the ruins, but wheelchair access is possible for most of the site. Opening Times: From April until September the site is open daily from 10am-4.30pm. From October to March the site is open 10am-4pm at the weekend. View details. Facilities: Toilets are available at Abbey Hall Recreation Ground, a five-minute walk from the abbey. There are shops and places to eat in Netley village. Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bakery
“Excellent bakery selling a variety of fresh bread and cakes baked daily on the premises”
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Corner Shop
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Restaurant
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Restaurant
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Locality
“Peter des Roches, the powerful Bishop of Winchester, founded the abbey in 1238, but he died later that year before construction began. Work continued without him, and one year later a colony of monks arrived from nearby Beaulieu Abbey. King Henry III (r.1216–72) later became a patron of the monastery.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
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