Easby Abbey

The remains of Easby Abbey with snow on the ground.
A wall section at Easby Abbey.
The remains of a window section at Easby Abbey.

Free Entry

Open 10am-6pm, daily, from April until October. Variable winter opening hours


Easby, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 7EU

Before You Go

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

Access: Parts of the site are uneven and can become muddy. View details.

Opening Times: Open 10am-6pm, daily, from April to October. View details for winter opening hours.

Parking: There is a free public car park adjacent to the site.

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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.

The sunrise through the conservatory at Witley Court.

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