Rievaulx Abbey

The museum at Rievaulx Abbey in the River Rye Valley, North Yorkshire is to reopen in May following a refurbishment.

It will display artefacts to help tell the 900 year story of the site as well as giving groups the chance to find out about those who founded and developed the abbey. 

Improvements for 2016 also include an enlarged café with views over the abbey, and upgrades to the shop, toilet and reception area.

History of Rievaulx Abbey

Rievaulx was one of the first Cistercian abbeys to be established in England when it was founded in the 12th century, but in 1538 the monastery was suppressed under Henry VIII and the abbey was dismantled. Despite this Rievaulx Abbey remained an important location, particularly during the Romantic era when many poets, painters and scholars used it as inspiration.

North Yorkshire

To complete your group’s day out in north Yorkshire you can also visit Byland Abbey – with its Gothic architecture – and Helmsley Castle, closeby.

So close in fact that if your group is in to walking as well as history, you can enjoy a one-hour stroll from Rievaulx to Helmsley with historian Julian Humphreys who, on a free podcast, explains the relationship between the two sites. This walk is, however, not suitable for wheelchair users.

Group discounts

Groups of 11 or more receive a 15 per cent discount at Rievaulx Abbey, whilst one tour leader and one coach driver are admitted free with each group (but do not count towards group numbers).

Free familiarisation trips can also be arranged.

For more information call 020-7973 3529 or email traveltrade@english-heritage.org.uk.