Rievaulx Abbey Facilities

  • Parking

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    Limited pay and display parking available on site, refundable to EH members and paying visiotrs on purchase of admission ticket. 

  • Food And Drink

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    Take in stunning views across the grounds while enjoying a tasty treat in our new tearoom.

  • Picnic Area

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    You are welcome to bring a picnic to eat in the grounds. There is a small patio area looking onto the site with a number of picnic tables, and of course plenty of grass on which to lay out your picnic blanket.
  • Shop

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    Complete your Rievaulx experience with a visit to our new gift shop offering a range of high-quality wares inspired by the abbey.
  • Toilets

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    Male and female toilets available, as well as disabled toilets and baby changing facilities.

  • Dogs

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    Dogs on leads are welcome in the ruins and café but not at the café counter. Assistance dogs welcome across the site.

  • Museum

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    Our elegant museum features previously unseen artefacts from the abbey including elaborate medieval stone carvings, chess pieces and gold coins which tell the story of the rise and dramatic fall of the first Cistercian abbey in the North of England.
  • Exhibition

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  • Gardens

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    The grounds of Rievaulx Abbey are spacious and feature a number of grassed areas with benches and gravel paths.

  • Audio Tours

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    The free audio tour will help you to discover 900 years of fascinating history. 

  • Family Friendly

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    Bottle / Food Warming

    Yes

    Children's Audio Tour

    No.

    Child Sized Portions

    No.

    High Chairs

    No.

    Play Areas / Adventure Playground

    There is plenty of space for children to run around and explore, however there is no specific playground on the site.

    Push Chairs Allowed

    Pushchairs are allowed, however visitors should be aware that there are many steps on site.
  • Education

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    Family Learning

    Pick up a copy of our family trail and hunt for clues of medieval life at the abbey. There are also family-friendly events, books and activities during school holidays. Please see our Events page for details.

  • International

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    Foreign Language Audio Tours

    Audio tours are available in French and German.

  • Holiday Cottages

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    Refectory Cottage - sleeps four.
  • Commercial Photograph And Filming

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    English Heritage welcomes amateur photographers to our sites and we hope you will share your pictures of your visit with us on social media.

    If you are looking to use one of our sites for commercial, corporate or professional photography or as a filming location, please contact our filming team as soon as possible to check availability and acquire the relevant permissions and paperwork.

    Due to the delicate nature of our sites, English Heritage does not permit drone flying from or over sites in our care, except by contractors or partners undertaking flights for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and permissions, and are operating under controlled conditions.

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Rievaulx Abbey

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Rievaulx, Nr Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 5LB
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