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Wanborough Barn

Built by the Cistercian monks of Waverley Abbey in 1388, the large medieval barn is the most important in Surrey.

The Great Barn at Wanborough lies just to the north of the Hog's Back. It is one of the largest and most important medieval barns in south east England.

Inside Wanborough Great Barn

Built in 1388 by the Cistercian monks of Waverley Abbey, which is five miles away, Wanborough Barn was part of a 'grange' - a farm which supplied the abbey itself.

Waverley Abbey was closed down by King Henry VIII in 1536 but the barn has remained essentially as it was in the Middle Ages.

Displays in the Great Barn mainly cover aspects of local history, including Wanborough's role in training SOE (Special Operations Executive) agents for France during World War II.

Summer open weekends

Packed with local and historical displays and information, Wanborough Great Barn is open to the public on the following weekends this summer:

  • Saturday 23 April 2pm-5pm
  • Saturday 14 May 2pm-5pm
  • Saturday 4 June 2pm-5pm
  • Sunday 19 June 2pm-5pm plus teas/cakes in the Barn
  • Saturday 2 July 2pm-5pm
  • Sunday 17 July 2pm-5pm Plus teas/cakes in the Barn
  • Sunday 7 August 2pm-5pm Plus teas/cakes in the Barn

Heritage open days

  • Saturday 10 September 10am-5pm
  • Sunday 11 September 10am-5pm
    • Explore The 14th Century Great Barn of Wanborough
    • Hamlet tours and tales
    • St Bartholomew's 14th Century Church
    • Coffees, lunches and teas in the Cafe

Stewards are available to conduct free tours of this tiny hamlet community including the barn and church. Visits by groups can be arranged on other dates.

The barn is also available to book for private functions or group visits. Please contact Guildford Museum for further information.

How to find us

Wanborough Barn is located just off the A31 between Farnham and Guildford. Take the junction signposted Normandy and turn onto Wanborough Hill, the B3000. Follow the road round a sharp right hand bend. As you approach the next left-hand bend, turn right at the unmarked crossroad signed 'Wanborough Church'. The car park for The Great Barn is on your left after the black Granary barn.

Last updated: 21 April 2016 15:23 PM