Rievaulx Abbey in October

Yorkshire abbey season

Yorkshire boasts some of the most tranquil, atmospheric and complete abbey ruins in the country.

Lace up your boots and head out exploring this autumn as we celebrate the many monastic sites of 'God's own county'.

Discover the romantic ruins of Rievaulx Abbey or the one-of-a-kind Mount Grace Priory and enjoy special events along the way.

Special events

On weekends from Sat 23 Sept - Sun 1 Oct, catch a tune or two from a group of merry minstrels, delve into medieval life and prepare to be wowed by falconry shows.

Top 10 things to do at Yorkshire's greatest abbeys this autumn

  1. Explore the gothic ruins of Whitby Abbey - the inspiration for Bram Stoker's legendary Dracula tale.
  2. Find never seen before artefacts in the new museum at Rievaulx Abbey.
  3. Check out the decorative floor tiles at Byland Abbey - one of the most extensive displays of 13th century tiling to be seen anywhere today.
  4. Uncover the story behind Winston Churchill's secret visit to Kirkham Priory and enjoy a riverside stroll.
  5. Make a pilgrimage to Rievaulx Abbey from the chocolate-box town of Helmsley (approx. 1.5 hours, 2.5 miles each way). Download our map.
  6. Get a sense of hermit life in the reconstructed monk's cell and garden at Mount Grace Priory.
  7. Amble over the headland at Whitby Abbey and let the views over the harbour take your breath away.
  8. Discover a magnificent monastic gatehouse at Thornton Abbey - adorned with turrets, sculptures and intricate carvings.
  9. Explore the Arts and Crafts manor house at Mount Grace Priory before wandering the autumnal gardens. Keep an eye out for the famous priory stoats too!
  10. See one of the most complete ground plans of any English Cistercian monastery at Roche Abbey.


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