Rievaulx Abbey captured my imagination. Now picturesque ruins, this former abbey was once one of the wealthiest monasteries in England. That is until Henry VIII of England dissolved the Cistercian abbeys in 1538.
Founded in 1132, Rievaulx Abbey was the first Cistercian abbey in the north. From the first moment I saw it, I was delighted. Captivated by the tall gothic archways of this medieval structure, I stayed far longer than my girls would have liked.
Evident by the sky, the day deteriorated as it often does in England, but I continued to take photos:
Visiting Rievaulx Abbey
- Rievaulx Abbey is located in Rievaulx, England, near Helmsley in the North York Moors National Park, North Yorkshire.
- The name is French, as are the twelve founding monks originally from Clairvaux Abbey, a Cistercian monastery in northeastern France.
- The ruins are now owned and maintained by English Heritage Trust.
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- Opening hours and days vary with the seasons.
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