Rievaulx Abbey

Address: Rievaulx Abbey, Rievaulx, Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 5LB
Phone: 01439 798228
Email: customers@english-heritage.org.uk

Rievaulx Abbey: A Tranquil Ruin in North Yorkshire

Rievaulx Abbey, a stunning Cistercian monastery founded in 1132, lies in the heart of the North York Moors National Park near Helmsley. As one of England's most well-preserved religious ruins, it offers a serene retreat surrounded by tranquil countryside.

Explore the extensive remains and marvel at the skill of medieval craftsmen. Visit the modern visitor center and museum to delve into the abbey's fascinating history and the lives of the monks who once called it home.

Whether you're a history enthusiast or seeking a moment of peace in a beautiful setting, Rievaulx Abbey promises an unforgettable experience!


The admission prices for Rievaulx Abbey are as follows:

  • Adults: £11.20
  • Concessions (students, seniors): £10.00
  • Children (aged 5-17): £6.60
  • Family Ticket (2 adults + up to 3 children): £29.10
  • English Heritage Members: Free

These prices provide access to the abbey’s grounds, visitor center, and museum. Booking online in advance can save you up to 15% on ticket prices​.

Features/Things To Do

At Rievaulx Abbey, visitors can enjoy a variety of activities and attractions:

  • Explore the Ruins: Wander through the extensive ruins of the abbey and admire the impressive medieval architecture.
  • Visitor Centre and Museum: Discover the history of Rievaulx Abbey and learn about the daily lives of the monks through informative exhibits and artifacts.
  • Audio Guides: Enhance your visit with an audio guide that provides detailed information about the abbey’s history and architecture.
  • Children’s Trails: Engage young visitors with educational trails that make learning about the abbey fun and interactive.
  • Café: Relax with a hot or cold drink and a selection of snacks in the on-site café.
  • Picnicking: Enjoy a picnic in the beautiful and tranquil surroundings of the abbey grounds​.

Rievaulx Abbey On The Map


Rievaulx Abbey is accessible by car and public transport:

By Car:

  • Address: Rievaulx, Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 5LB. There is a pay-and-display car park on-site, with parking fees refunded upon admission to the abbey.

By Public Transport:

  • Bus: Regular bus services run to Helmsley from nearby towns. From Helmsley, it’s a short taxi ride or a scenic walk to the abbey.

A visit to Rievaulx Abbey offers a serene and educational experience, perfect for history enthusiasts and families alike.

Plan your visit today to explore this magnificent historical site and enjoy the tranquility of its beautiful surroundings!

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