Rievaulx Abbey

Schools

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.

Curriculum links

  • 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.

Download our free Teachers' Kit to help you plan your lessons and visit to Rievaulx Abbey. 

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Plan Your Trip

We have a wide range of materials to support your visit and make school trip planning easy. 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 for group leaders once you have made a booking. Our Education Booking Team is on hand to advise and help you create the best possible school trip to suit your needs and area of study.

  • Facilities
    • LUNCH: 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 a grass area
    • SHOP: There is a shop, selling a range of English Heritage souvenirs and gifts inspired by the abbey
    • TOILETS: Toilets, including accessible toilets are available 
    • MUSEUM: The museum features 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
  • Learning Resources

    A Teachers' Kit is a free educational tool packed with everything you need to give your group a deep insight into the place you are visiting. Featuring historical information, suggestions for activities, and high-quality images, this resource is a comprehensive toolkit for group leaders of various subjects and key stages. Kits also include key site information, facilities, plans and hazard information.

  • How to book

    0370 333 0606

  • Education opening times

    • March: Wednesday to Sunday 10.00 – 16.00
    • April to September: Monday to Sunday 10.00 – 18.00
    • October: Monday to Sunday 10.00 – 17.00
    • November to February: Saturday and Sunday 10.00 – 16.00

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