I drove the 15 or so miles from my house to Waverley Abbey just after lunchtime today. When I arrived at the site there was not a single other car parked -- I almost wondered if I had the wrong spot.
Waverley Abbey was the first Cistercian abbey to be founded in Britain (1128). The little signpost talked about the fact that these Cistercian monks, unlike "regular" monks, wore undyed garments and were known as the "white monks".
Beyond that I didn't really pay too much attention. There were about four buildings on the site: one of them was in pretty good condition with an impressive roof structure. I'd provide some photos, but none of mine were any good ;)
Here's a shot of the Waverley Abbey bridge, which crosses over into (I presume) Waverley Abbey House.
By the time I'd had my fill of photos and headed back to my car, there much have been at least ten cars parked in the (small) car park. I hadn't really expected to see so many people visiting, but there were quite a few families and couples looking around.
I headed back home via a pub close to the Sun campus. Scampi for main course followed by a filling chocolate ice cream thing for dessert -- now I know where it is, it's a possible alternative to the pub we've previously visited on our lunch break at work.
Don't forget to visit the official Waverley Abbey website at http://www.waverley.gov.uk/abbey/wav_click.htm if you're interested to know a little more.