The nearest train station to Rievaulx Abbey is Thirsk. From London King's Cross St Pancras, take the Virgin East Coast service towards Edinburgh, changing at York for the Transpennine Express towards Middlesborough. Alight at Thirsk, and drive or take a cab to the Castle. The nearest bus stop is Helmsley, about two miles away. It is served by routes 29, 31, 31X, 128, 194 and 195, but there are no direct buses from Thirsk.
|Weekdays||06:00 - 19:45|
|Saturday||06:00 - 19:45|
|Sunday||08:45 - 17:30|
|Staffing level||Part time|
|Telephone types||Cards only|
|Bureau de Change||Unavailable|
|Tourist Information Office||Unavailable|
|Customer help points||Unavailable|
|Weekdays||Open 24 hours|
|Saturday||Open 24 hours|
|Sunday||Open 24 hours|
|Carpark name||Station Car Park|
|Carpark operator||APCOA on behalf of First TransPennine Express|
|Car parking spaces||45|
|Cycle storage spaces||24|
|Sheltered cycle storage||Unavailable|
|Cycle storage CCTV||Available|
|Cycle storage notes|
Main station car park, under footbridge
|Step-free access||Part of station|
|Step-free access notes|
Station car park is step free.
Step Free access to platforms and ticket office is only available via a foot crossing when the station is staffed.
Nearest fully accessible stations are York and Northallerton.
|Ramps for train access||Available|
|Accessible ticket machines||Unavailable|
|Accessible Booking Office counter||Unavailable|
About Rievaulx Abbey
When Rievaulx Abbey was founded in 1132, it was the first Cistercian abbey in northern England - and it grew to become one of the most renowned centres of monasticism in the country. The Abbey reached its peak in the 1160s, with a 650-strong community, and it augmented its income by mining lead and iron, and selling wool. Eventually Rievaulx became one of the wealthiest abbeys in England, with estates of over 6,000 acres.
By the 14th century Rievaulx's power was in decline due to financial debt, raiding attacks from Scotland and a depletion of manpower caused by the Black Death. The final blow was Henry VIII's dissolution of the monasteries - in 1538 Henry ordered Rievaulx's buildings to be rendered uninhabitable and stripped of all assets. By this time the abbey's community had declined to just 23 monks.
From the late 18th century the picturesque ruins at Rievaulx became a popular destination for sightseers. Visitors today can enjoy these grand ruins and scenic views, take the pilgrim's walk from Helmsley to Rievaulx, and listen to an audio tour. While you're in the area, stop off at the National Trust-owned Rievaulx Terrace, a hilltop viewpoint that offers spectacular views down to the abbey.