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Rievaulx Abbey

Rievaulx Abbey


Escape the crowds and experience the serene beauty of this impressive monastic site, in the middle of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park. Rievaulx Abbey was founded by St Bernard of Clairvaux in 1132 and became one of England’s wealthiest monasteries before its dissolution by King Henry VIII in 1538. Highlights of this long history are displayed in the indoor interactive museum, and The Work of God and Man exhibition shows how religion blended with business in the lives of the monks. Afterwards there’s delicious local food to enjoy in the tea room, and, for families wanting to let off steam, plenty of walking and cycling trails around the site.

- To enhance your experience at Rievaulx we are currently carrying out an exciting renovation project
- In 2016, visitors will be able to enjoy a new Museum displaying objects that shed light on the uniqueness of Rievaulx and the fascinating people who founded and developed the Abbey
- The Abbey will be open to visitors throughout the work but we encourage drivers to park in the nearby village of Helmsley, located just 3 miles away, and take advantage of the beautiful walking route along the scenic Cleveland Way due to reduced parking on site.
- We’ll be providing a light range of refreshments until our new facilities open in May 2016 and for those looking for something more filling, make sure you visit nearby Byland Abbey Inn serving some of Yorkshire’s finest offerings in the tearoom

English Heritage PropertyFacilities for educational visitsGift shopPicnic siteRegional Tourist Board MemberWelcome Host

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs accepted

Family friendly resources and activities. Tearoom, Audio tour included in admission price. Events, Holiday cottages

Opening details

Open as normal on Bank Holidays (Summer) Closed 24-26 December and 1 January.


Member - Join now Free Free
Adult £8.00
Child (5-15 years) £4.80
Concession tool-tip £7.10
Family (2 adults, 3 children) £20.80

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Map reference: SE 576851  Lat: 54.25834 Long: -1.11729

2 1/4 miles North of Helmsley on a minor road off the B1257.

Parking: free


  • English Heritage PropertyEnglish Heritage Property
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted

Family friendly resources and activities. Tearoom, Audio tour included in admission price. Events, Holiday cottages