I've lived near Southampton for 13 years and this was my first visit to Netley Abbey. Wow! What a beautiful, peaceful place! In spite of the Abbey being converted into a mansion after the Dissolution of the Monasteries, the building still has the atmosphere of a religious building, especially walking in the abbey church. There are information plaques round the place that describe the site and you can download an mp3 audiotour from the English Heritage website.
One thing that really surprised me is that the Abbey has free entry. I've been to similar attractions elsewhere and had to pay or use my EH membership card!
The attraction is well signposted on major routes and has a good size car park.
Very highly recommended if you need time to chill and perhaps enjoy a bit of history.
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