Access to most of site is via fine, loose gravel paths and smooth grass, although there are some steps from the cloister and church. Site is on a slope and in some areas assistance may be required by manual wheelchair users. Some signage is in place to warn of slopes.
Rievaulx Abbey Access
Access information for the site is listed below. For more information, or if you have particular access needs, please contact us before you visit. Please note that some facilities may require booking in advance.
Wheelchair LoanMobility Scooter LoanSite FoldersAccessible ToiletsAdult Changing AreaHandrailsEasy-use CutleryAssistance Dogs WelcomeWheelchair AccessEntrance/Set DownNo Information AvailableDisabled ParkingThere are two disabled bays in the car park, as well as two additional spaces located within the site gates (which must be opened by a member of staff).Onsite TransportNoStairsThere are steps on the site. A lift is available to take disabled visitors to the upper floor of the museum.Lift AccessNo Information AvailableSeating and Rest PointsBenches dotted about the site. Indoor and outdoor seating in the cafe area.Pathways: Surface and GradientsFine, loose gravel; bonded gravel and grass pathways. Cobbled surface near shop.Dog Bowl and ToiletingNo Information Available
Braille GuidesBraille SignageHandrailsAccessible ToiletsTorchesAssistance Dogs WelcomeSensory ExperiencesA garden and flowers is located just outside the museum. There is a seating area within it so visitors can sit and enjoy their surroundings.Audio ToursYesSite ToursGuided tours available for visiting groups: pre booking essential.Handling ObjectsThere are some interactive displays within the museum.Tactile ModelsNoAreas of Low LightingNo Information AvailableColour ContrastsNo Information AvailableLarge PrintNoDog Bowl and ToiletingNo Information Available
Deaf/Hard of Hearing
Vibrating Fire AlarmsTour TranscriptsFilm SubtitlesBSL ToursAssistance Dogs WelcomeInduction LoopsSite has permanent induction loops.Audio Installation TranscriptsYesDog Bowl and ToiletingNo Information Available
Accessible ToiletsAdult Changing AreaEasy-use CutleryBasic language Audio ToursYesEasy Read MaterialNoLarge Print MaterialNo Information AvailableDyslexia Friendly MaterialNo Information AvailableSensory ExperiencesA garden and flowers is located just outside the museum. There is a seating area within it so visitors can sit and enjoy their surroundings.Handling ObjectsThere are some interactive displays within the museum.
Easy-use CutleryBottle/Food WarmingChild Size PortionsHighchairsSpecial DietsThe café uses local produce, and offers both gluten free and vegetarian options.
Health and Safety
Deep WaterOpen medieval drain. There is deep water on the site - please keep children under supervision at all times.Trip HazardRough grass, low ruined walls in places, mole hills and rabbit holes. There are uneven surfaces and sudden drops across the site.Sheer DropThere are some sudden drops on the site - please keep children under supervision at all times.Slip HazardGrassed areas and bare stones can be slippery when wet.Steep SlopeSteep slopes into reredorter (latrine) which is fenced off.Steep StairsMany uneven historic stone steps, and modern wooden stairs across the site (ramps available).Beware of TrafficNo Information AvailableUneven GroundRough grass, low ruined walls in places, mole hills and rabbit holes.