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Escape the crowds and experience the serene beauty of this impressive monastic site, in the middle of the North York 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.

Visitors are now 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.

Also see our brand new Visitor Centre with the stunning backdrop of the Abbey.

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.

Family friendly resources and activities, with a Tea Room onsite. Audio tours are included in the admission price.

Guide Prices

2020 prices:

English Heritage Member: FREE

Adult (without donation) £10.00
Adult (with donation) £11.00
Child (5-17 years, without donation): £6.00
Child (5-17 years, with donation): £6.60
Concession (without donation): £9.00
Concession (with donation): £9.90
Family (2 adults, up to 3 children, without donation): £26.00
Family (2 adults, up to 3 children, with donation): £28.60
Family (1 adult, up to 3 children, without donation): £16.00
Family (1 adult, up to 3 children, with donation): £17.60



  • Disabled access


  • Picnic site


  • Children welcome


  • Facilities for educational visits


  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Gift shop

Site Features

  • English Heritage Property
  • Regional Tourist Board Member
  • Welcome Host

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups

Map & Directions

Road Directions

2 1/4 miles North of Helmsley on a minor road off the B1257.The nearest railway station is Malton, which is 18 miles away.

Rievaulx Abbey


Rievaulx, North Yorkshire, YO62 5LB
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  • Yorkshire AwardsWhite Rose Award Finalist White Rose Award Finalist 2016
  • Yorkshire AwardsWelcome To Yorkshire Member Welcome To Yorkshire Member 2020
  • Visit EnglandVistEngland VAQAS Gold VistEngland VAQAS Gold 2018
  • Other AwardsEnglish Heritage English Heritage 2016
  • Membership SchemeDiscover Yorkshire Coast – Silver Member Discover Yorkshire Coast – Silver Member 2020

Opening Times

Rievaulx Abbey (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00

* Please check the Rievaulx Abbey website for more information on opening times and special events -

Tea Room shuts 30 minutes before the Abbey. Last admission 30 minutes before closing time.

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