The first large Cistercian church built in England, Rievaulx (which means Rye Valley) was founded in 1132. Today the abbey is cared for by English Heritage.
If peace and tranquillity is what you seek then Rievaulx Abbey is the perfect choice. Set in a remote valley in the North York Moors National Park, Rievaulx is one of the most complete, and atmospheric, of England’s abbey ruins.
It’s no wonder it’s one of the most popular visitor attractions in the North. Learn about the monks in medieval times – how they devoted their lives to spiritual matters and at the same time established a thriving business to become one of the wealthiest monasteries in Britain. Then enjoy some delicious Yorkshire fare in the café before taking a stroll around the beautiful grounds.