Things to do at Rievaulx Abbey review
Rievaulx Abbey is situated near Helmsley in the North York Moors National Park. It is now the impressive ruins of one of England’s most powerful Cistercian monasteries. Owned and maintained by English Heritage.
There is a relatively new visitor centre where you can learn about Rievaulx Abbey’s fascinating past and all about the monks that once lived there. The abbey has extensive ruins that you can explore.
There is usually a trail available for the kids so make sure you enquire before leaving the centre. The trails are a great way for kids to learn about the monks that lived there even down to what they ate and where they went to the toilet. They also have audio tours available for those that want to learn even more about Rievaulx Abbey.
Kids will love exploring the ruins and are allowed to explore the walls and remains to their heart’s content. There are some very impressive structures remaining on the site which is quite unusual for an abbey. It’s a perfect place for a spot of hide and seek. There’s also walks in the local area and you can download maps from their website.
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FAQ and Further Information Rievaulx Abbey
Is there food and drink available?
There is a cafe on site which sells hot and cold food and drinks. The abbey is a lovely place to take a picnic.
What are the main things to do?
Extensive ruined abbey with lots to explore, a visitor centre with a museum, kids trails and audio guide. There are toilets and a cafe.
What are the ticket prices?
*FREE or mid-range
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *FREE to members of English Heritage or mid-range with adult tickets costing £10 and £6 for a child age 5-17. Under 5s are free and other pricing options including family tickets are available.
Is there parking?
There is a pay and display car park but this is refunded for anyone that visits the abbey.
When are they open?
Rievaulx Abbey is open for most of the year. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.
Dogs on leads are welcome in the ruins and café but not at the café counter. Assistance dogs welcome across the site.
Are they accessible?
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