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Medieval Monasteries

Welcome to our guide to Medieval Monasteries, where you can learn about England’s history, discover more about our sites and find loads of fun things to watch, read and do! Here's what we've got in store for you:

What's for dinner in a medieval monastery?

Did you know that for most of the year, monks had only one main meal a day? 

Find out what's on the menu at Cleeve Abbey in the 15th century, and download our poster to colour in your own meal-time scene. Then design your own modern menu for a monk!

Feast your eyes...
Image: Byland Abbey at night with two illustrated ghosts and some illustrated bats

Terrifying Tales: The Byland Abbey Ghost Stories

Monks and nuns loved scaring each other with spooky tales, and hundreds of ghost stories survive from the Middle Ages. Some of the best ones were written down by a monk who lived at Byland Abbey in North Yorkshire, in around 1400.

Discover the story of Byland Abbey, find out about the ghost stories and then have a go at writing your own using our top tips!

Explore the spooky stories

A spotter's guide to... Abbeys and Priories

In medieval England, many monks and nuns lived in monastic communities at abbeys and priories. Today, you can still visit many of these historical places, to discover where these people chose to live their religious life.

So grab a pencil and download our Spotter's Guide to Abbeys and Priories, to learn more about these marvellous monasteries and discover what you need to look out for during a visit.

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Medieval Monastery Videos

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The Kids Rule! Guide to medieval monasteries (issue 18)

Read Kids Rule! magazine online to learn about life in medieval monasteries, find out about medieval relics and pilgrims and why monks and nuns loved a good ghost story!

This is issue 18 in the Kids Rule! magazine series following the history of England, designed to help you discover more about the past, through fun facts, illustrated stories, games, puzzles and competitions.

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Things to make and do: get creative with our medieval monastery themed activities

Could you live like a Carthusian monk?

Could you live by the strick monastic vows of a Carthusian monk? Take our fun quiz to find out whether you would make a good monk or nun!

 

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The Kids Rule! Guide to medieval monasteries (issue 5)

Read Kids Rule! magazine online to learn about life in medieval monasteries, discover what monks ate for dinner and find out how to make your own parchment to write on.

This is issue 5 in the Kids Rule! magazine series following the history of England, designed to help you discover more about the past, through fun facts, illustrated stories, games, puzzles and competitions.

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MEDIEVAL MONASTERY POSTER: MAKE YOUR MEGA TIMELINE

We've created a series of posters showing how people lived in England through the ages, like this one showing life in a medieval monastery.

Each of the posters follows on from each other, so that when you download them all from the Kids Rule! pages, you can create your own mega timeline of English history!

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