Rievaulx Abbey

Welcome to Rievaulx Abbey

We have introduced limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe, and you won’t be able to visit without your booking confirmation. If you’re a Member, your ticket will be free, but you still need to book in advance. To book your visit, click here.

Although things might be a little different when you visit, you’ll still be able to enjoy exploring the places where history really happened. And you’ll still be given a warm and safe welcome by our friendly – if socially distant – staff and volunteers.

Please click here for more information about the safety measures you can expect when visiting as well as our FAQs.

  • Abbey and grounds - All outdoor spaces will be open as usual.
  • Museum - The museum remains open as usual.
  • Toilets - The toilets will be open. Please note that the toilets are only open to visitors with a booked ticket to visit the abbey.
  • Café - The Café remains open with a limited offer. You do not need a ticket to visit the café, although bear in mind that parking at the Abbey is still reserved to visitors with a pre-booked ticket.
  • Shop - The shop remains open as usual with limits on number of people at any given time.
  • Face coverings - Face coverings must be worn in Rievaulx Abbey's indoor shop, café and all other indoor spaces. We won't be able to give you a face covering so please come prepared so you don't miss out.
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Guidebook: Rievaulx Abbey

Price: £5.50

 Timeline

1131-2First Abbey

Walter Espec, lord of Helmsley, builds temporary timber structures for the first monks sent from Clairvaux in France.

Find out more about the history of Rievaulx Abbey

1135-6Stone Structures

William, the first abbot, begins work on the first stone buildings.

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