Rievaulx Abbey

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Set in the serene surroundings of the North York Moors, Rievaulx Abbey is one of England’s most influential Cistercian monasteries.

Unveiling the Past of Rievaulx Abbey

Visitors can discover the intriguing history of Rievaulx Abbey, a sanctuary once inhabited by Cistercian monks. Visit a museum, showcasing unique artefacts that narrate the story of the abbey’s prominent rise and its eventual dramatic decline, marking a significant chapter in Northern England’s ecclesiastical history.

Explore the Extensive Abbey Ruins

  • Visit the vast ruins of the abbey and learn about its architectural evolution.
  • Enhance your visit with an informative audio tour, offering deeper insights into the abbey’s past.

Stunning Views and Delectable Treats at the Visitor Centre

Experience breathtaking scenery and enjoy refreshments at the tearoom, embodying St Aelred’s vision of ‘everywhere peace, everywhere serenity’.

Scenic Route from Helmsley

Consider a picturesque walk from the town of Helmsley to Rievaulx Abbey.

Booking Information

Advance online booking ensures the best price and guaranteed entry, although it’s not mandatory. Members enjoy free entry.

Discover Rievaulx Abbey’s Rich Heritage

Rievaulx Abbey stands as a testament to a millennium of spiritual, commercial, and Romantic epochs. Founded in the 12th century, it transitioned from a religious hub to a commercial centre post-dissolution, later becoming an inspiration for artists and scholars.

Visit the Museum

Explore the abbey’s affluent medieval history in our museum, displaying rare artefacts like medieval stone carvings, chess pieces, and gold coins.

Rievaulx Abbey Café

Relish stunning views and savour high-quality, locally sourced food at the café. Catering to various dietary needs, the café offers a range of meals, sandwiches, and baked goods, with vegetarian, gluten-free, and dairy-free options.

Engaging Audio Tour

Gain an immersive experience with the audio tour, revealing 900 years of history, from the monks’ spiritual endeavours to the abbey’s economic significance.

Plan Your Visit

Parking and Accessibility

Parking is free for members, with charges applicable for non-members. Visit here for detailed accessibility information.


Rievaulx Abbey, Rievaulx Bank, Rievaulx, Helmsley, York, North Yorkshire
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