Easby Abbey sits just under a mile away from Richmond Castle, so if you follow the River Swale along you’ll find yourself at this very beautiful English Heritage attraction – and entry is free of charge. Much remains of what was once a Premonstratensian abbey, and it’s one of the most spectacular monastic attractions in the region.
At first glance, the abbey’s architecture looks very similar to Cistercian designs as is typical of Premonstratensian monasteries, but look a little closer and you’ll notice that in many ways the site differs from the norm, so it given its visitors plenty to think about. Despite the fact the site dates back to the 13th century one of the churches within the precinct is still in regular use, and we’d recommend making sure you take some time to go inside and have a look at the original wall paintings as they still inspire visitors today.
One of the most striking features of Easby is the roof-height refectory which dates back to 1300, and as it’s one of very few example of white canon monasteries it’s especially significant as well as picturesque. It’s thought that the constable of Richmond Castle – a man called Roald, founded Easby Abbey in 1152, and the the site still undergoes regular research to unearth its secrets.