Rievaulx abbey

Rievaulx Abbey was founded in 1132, when St. Bernard of Clairvaux sent 12 monks from Clairvaux (France) to found the Abbey.

The first building was austere and modest, but with time it became one of England’s wealthiest monasteries, before it was dissolute in 1538 by King Henry VIII. The immense ruins at Rievaulx include extensive remains of the church, which was one of the finest in the North, and cloistral buildings; five arches from the original cloister survive. Another architectural treasure is the monks' refectory. Nowadays we can see only ruins of this once magnificent abbey, but they are very picturesque and worthy to be visited. Rievaulx now lies within very beautiful North Yorkshire Moors National Park. If you are looking for good accommodation near to Rievaulx Abbey we recommend you hotels of Middlesbrough.