About Rievaulx Abbey
Escape to this tranquil valley of the North York Moors and discover the impressive ruins of one of England's most powerful Cistercian monasteries.
Discover Rievaulx Abbey's fascinating past and the lives of the monks who called Rievaulx Abbey their home. In our museum, take a look at fascinating artefacts, including elaborate medieval stone carvings, chess pieces and gold coins, which tell the story of the rise and dramatic fall of the first Cistercian abbey in the North of England.
Wander the extensive ruins of the abbey to discover more about the building and how it looked at various stages of its development. Pick up an audio tour to learn about the monks who lived at Rievaulx Abbey. Hear how they devoted their lives to their faith whilst transforming the abbey into one of the wealthiest monasteries in Britain.
After you’ve explored the magnificent abbey, head back to the visitor centre and treat yourself to a hot drink and cake, perhaps some homemade soup and a sandwich, in our café.