Escape to this tranquil valley of the North York Moors and discover the impressive ruins of one of England's most powerful Cistercian monasteries.

Our new visitor experience shines a light on Rievaulx Abbey's fascinating past and the lives of the monks who called Rievaulx Abbey their home. Explore our elegant museum displaying previously unseen artefacts which tell the story of the rise and dramatic fall of the first Cistercian abbey in the North of England.

Many schools combine their visit with a trip to nearby Helmsley Castle - find out more here.

Man standing inside Rievaulx Abbey

curriculum links

  • KS1 - Pupils will gain knowledge of significant historical events, people and places
  • KS2 - Students can study an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066
  • KS3 - The development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509 and the development of Church, state and society in Britain 1509-1745
Two girls playing in the abbey ruins

free school visits

We offer free entry to Rievaulx Abbey to qualifying learning groups. By booking a free education visit you can lead your own visit in your own way. We also have an new Teacher's Kit to download (see below) to help you in your self-led visit 

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Amazing stone carvings of animals

Facilities For Learning Groups

  • Free site visit to help you plan your school trip
  • Downloadable Teacher's Kit to enhance your visit
  • 20% discount on the official EH site guidebook
  • Brand new museum and cafe
  • School goodie bags available - please ring site for details

teaching resources

Rievaulx Abbey Teachers Kit

Rievaulx Abbey Teachers Kit


You can book a school visit to one of our properties by email, phone, or using our online booking form.

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