Rievaulx Abbey is the most complete of the country’s abbey ruins, and it sits in a peaceful valley in the heart of the North York Moors National Park. There’s a tranquil atmosphere at this English Heritage site that makes it the kind of attraction visitors return to time and again, and it looks much as it did 900 years ago when the monks who called it home worked and prayed within its walls.
The onsite exhibition ‘The Work of Man and God’ tells the tale of the abbey’s history, and the artefacts on display in the museum were discovered right in the grounds. Dogs are welcome (except for inside the café) although owners are asked to keep them on their leads and visitors are welcome to bring their own picnics and enjoy them in the grounds.
The abbey makes a beautiful setting for a day out with the family on a sunny day, and if you fancy seeing more of the scenery while you’re at the abbey there, there are some popular walks along the river nearby. Take some time to wander the abbey’s gardens too, as they include a sensory garden, traditional herbs and medieval themed decorative tiles in keeping with the site’s heritage.