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There’s more to do and see at Rievaulx Abbey

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Overview

The Abbey
Rievaulx Abbey
The romantic ruins of Rievaulx Abbey offer plenty to explore for kids and the entire family. Enjoy a picnic on the picturesque lawns on the estate, nestled in a valley. A true monument of its time, visitors can picture the monks that lived on the estate over the centuries.

An audio tour lends to the history of the abbey.
A truly wealthy abbey, visitors can appreciate the architecture of the ruins with the beautiful arches still as breathtaking as they were when Henry VIII dissolved all abbeys in the country in 1538. Rievaulx Abbey was one of the wealthiest Abbeys in existence, and it was established nearly 900 years ago in 1132.

Trail
Guests can take a walk from Helmsley Castle to Rievaulx Abbey using the same path that medieval pilgrims tool. The family trail is fun for the entire family, and it helps guests uncover how the monks lived 800 years ago. Clues are all around the abbey for kids to explore and marvel at, and a map of the trail is provided at the visitor centre.
Other Attractions
Tea and biscuits allow for a little nourishment at the on-grounds tearoom, and a trip to the Rievaulx Abbey Museum provides a powerful look into stone carvings, gold coins and chess pieces, among many fine artifacts to marvel at. The Museum just opened in 2016, and it’s situated on the abbey’s grounds.

Romantic ruins allow for an easy time imagining the scholars, painters and poets of the time flocking to the site. Spacious gardens along with picnic tables are present on the ground. Gravel paths and spacious features make Rievaulx Abbey a good choice for families. Dogs on leads are allowed on the entire estate, but not in the café. Considered a must-see sight in North Yorkshire, the abbey is a place to discover for all locals and tourists.

History of Rievaulx Abbey

What is the story behind these amazing ruins?

Rievaulx Abbey was in operation for over 400 years, with the Abbey being established in 1132 and disestablished in 1538. The Abbey was part of the Cistercian order, and it was headed by the Abbot of Rievaulx. The Abbey was one of the wealthiest in all of England before its demise in 1538.

The Rievaulx Abbey was founded by 12 devout monks in 1132. The monks, from the Clairvaux Abbey, aimed to colonize the north, and they went on a mission to spread their religion in both England and Scotland. This would become the first Cistercian Abbey in the north of England.

The Abbey grew…

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