Rievaulx, Helmsley,
North Yorkshire
YO11 1HY
t: 01439 798228
e: rievaulx.abbey@english-heritage.org.uk
w: www.english-heritage.org.uk/rievaulxabbey

Recent renovations at Rievaulx mean your groups can explore the most extensive monastic remains in Britain in greater depth and in greater comfort. Rievaulx was once one of the wealthiest monasteries in medieval England and the first northern Cistercian abbey. It grew to house a 650-strong community. Your group can gain remarkable insights into the lives of those who lived and worked here through a wealth of objects on display in the museum. The audio tour and pictorial interpretation will then guide them through the impressive remains of the church and the maze of monastic buildings. Standing in a remote valley there’s an inviting sense of tranquillity and reflection to add to the historic discoveries.

  • Gain an overview of the unique story of Rievaulx, and the remarkable people who founded and developed the abbey, in the re-presented visitor centre and museum.
  • Take in the details of daily life. The museum’s display of artefacts ranges from beautifully carved stonework, via building tools to writing equipment.
  • Follow the new audio tour on a journey through 900 years of Rievaulx’s history.



Incorporate a visit to Byland Abbey, only 20 minutes’ away, as part of your trip.