Rievaulx Abbey

Rievaulx Abbey is now open for you to visit. You now need to book your timed tickets in advance. 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. There are other new steps in place to ensure everyone’s safety, so your visit will be a little different.

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 as usual.
  • Café - The Café remains open with a limited offer. Please note that the café is only open to visitors with a ticket to visit the abbey. Our café is taking part in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme. Find out more here.
  • 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 and café and we recommend wearing them in 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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