The impressive ruins of Easy Abbey lie in picturesque surroundings by the River Swale in North Yorkshire. Easby is one of the best preserved monasteries of the Premonstratensian 'white canons', with the magnificent refectory, gatehouse and canons' dormitory remaining. The parish church within the precinct, which is still in use, contains rare 13th century wall paintings.
Founded in 1152, Easby Abbey was suppressed in 1536 and within two years most of its buildings had been stripped and demolished. The ruins later became a favourite subject for artists, including JMW Turner.
Read more about Easby Abbey's history
Before You Go
Opening Times: Open 10am-6pm, daily, from April to October. See details of winter opening hours.
Access: Parts of the site are uneven and can become muddy. There are steps and stairs within the ruins.
Parking: The car park is signposted and is off the B6271. The abbey is next to the car park.
Facilities: Nearby Richmond Castle has a shop and toilets. Richmond town has public toilets and a range of places to eat and drink.
Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome.
Plan a Great Day Out
There is a pleasant 35 minute riverside walk from Easby Abbey to Richmond Castle. Don't miss the castle's interactive exhibition or breathtaking views of the Yorkshire Dales from the keep. The castle also has a shop, selling snacks and refreshments, and a picnic area overlooking the River Swale.
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