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Rediscover Rievaulx Abbey

The new visitor experience at the magnificent Rievaulx Abbey in the North York Moors is now open and shinning a new light on the abbey’s rich past and the people who lived there.

Escape to the tranquil valley of the North York Moors and rediscover the fascinating past of one of England's most powerful Cistercian monasteries.

Explore the elegantly refurbished museum displaying previously unseen artefacts which tell the story of the rise and dramatic fall of the first Cistercian abbey in the North of England.

Wander the extensive ruins of the abbey to discover more about the building and how it looked at various stages of its development through the new interpretation or hunt for clues of medieval life with the new family trail.

Take in stunning views across the valley  from the new visitor centre while enjoying a tasty treat in the new tearoom and appreciate why St Aelred's 'everywhere peace, everywhere serenity' description of Rievaulx Abbey could quite easily have been written today.

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/rievaulx