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Rosedale Abbey

Rosedale Abbey


Steep winding roads lead to Rosedale in the heart of the North York Moors National Park.

Despite its name, there has never been an abbey here! There was, however, a small Cistercian nunnery of which only a stone turret or belfry can be seen today.

There are lots of things to do and see nearby. This popular place was once the centre of the 19th century ironstone industry and you can still see the relics of the mines on a track around the head of the dale. Rosedale is also famous for its glass and you can visit the glass blowing workshop - Rosedale Glass, established several years ago. Four hundred years ago a mysterious group of people practiced glass making here – a secret and illegal industry in those days. You can walk to the site of the furnace and imagine how remote it was hundreds of years ago.

Don’t miss the National Park Information Point in the Abbey Stores – the staff are on hand to help you find the best places and walks to visit in the area.


Rosedale Abbey,
YO18 8SA



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Map reference: SE 723959  Lat: 54.35352 Long: -0.88907