Rievaulx Abbey

Sites open between Christmas and New Year

Wrap up warm this winter for a memorable day out at our properties. We’re open between Christmas and New Year for you to explore England’s history.

Opening times vary, please see individual site pages to check before you visit.

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Spotlight On: Eltham Palace and Gardens

Few properties can boast such an eclectic combination of history and architecture like Eltham Palace. Wander through a medieval hall that once held court for kings and queens, see glamorous examples of art deco design and explore a basement converted into a Second World War bunker.


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Spotlight On: Rievaulx Abbey

Founded in 1132, Rievaulx Abbey was one of the wealthiest and most important abbeys in England. Over 600 men lived and worked at Rievaulx during its heydey, but the abbey fell into decline and was eventually supressed by King Henry VIII in 1538.

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Spotlight On: Farleigh Hungerford Castle

This picturesque ruined castle set in a valley in Wiltshire may be peaceful today, but behind its 21st century tranquillity lies a tumultuous past. Once a towering testament to the wealth of the Hungerford family, over the course of its 700 year history the castle has witnessed immense wealth, scandal, murder, imprisonment, debt and, finally, ruin.

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Spotlight On: Goodrich Castle

Situated in a sheltered woodland area on the River Wye, Goodrich is one of the country's best-preserved medieval castles. Discover links to the English Civil War including the infamous mortar Roaring Meg which can be seen inside. Plus enjoy spectacular views across to Wales from the high battlements and towers.

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More to explore

  • More things to do this winter

    Need some winter inspiration? Explore England's history this season with glorious gardens, wellie-loving walks and more. 

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    Treat the whole family to adventure and uncover the fascinating history of England with an annual membership, giving you access to hundreds of sites across the UK. 

  • Dog Friendly Days Out

    Your pooch will love our sites just as much you. With plenty of space at our our castles, abbeys and historic gardens, find a dog-friendly day out near you. 

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