Escape to this tranquil valley of the North York Moors and explore the impressive ruins of one of England's most powerful Cistercian monasteries.
Discover Rievaulx Abbey's fascinating past and the lives of the monks who called Rievaulx Abbey their home in our museum, displaying previously unseen artefacts which tell the story of the rise and dramatic fall of the first Cistercian abbey in the North of England.
Many schools combine their visit with a trip to nearby Helmsley Castle - find out more here.
- KS1-3 History: A local history study
- KS1 History: Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality
- KS2 History: Study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066
- KS3 History: The development of Church, state and society in Britain 1066-1509 and 1509-1745
Free self-led visits
We offer free entry to Rievaulx Abbey to qualifying learning groups. By booking a free education visit you can lead your visit in your own way. Explore the beautiful abbey ruins and learn more about the Cistercian monks who lived there, in the museum.Enquire now
Plan Your Trip
We have a wide range of materials to support your visit and make school trip planning easy. You can find all our site-specific information and tools below, and further information on our what to expect page.
Download our free resources to help you make the most out of your visit and create unique learning experiences before, during and after your trip. We also offer free planning visits once you have made a booking, plus a 20% discount on the official English Heritage guidebook for your place of choice.
Once you book your visit you’ll be sent a visit permit, which you’ll need to bring with you on the day.
Visit our bookings page to start planning your trip!
Rievaulx Abbey Activity Trail (KS2-KS3)
Discover the key features and stories at Rievaulx Abbey with our self-led activity trail.
Teaching Medieval History
Use historical information, learning activities and tips from our historians, curators and educational experts to support your teaching of medieval history.
Meet a Medieval Monk
Join Aelred at Rievaulx Abbey to find out more about the life of a medieval monk.
A Mini Guide to Medieval Monks
Find out more about different medieval monastic orders with our short animation.
Postcard from Rievaulx Abbey
Take to the skies above Rievaulx Abbey to discover the site and its surroundings.
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If you’d like more information about a site or one of our workshops, get in touch using the online form on our bookings page to speak to your local Education Visits Officer. We look forward to seeing you soon.