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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.



Whilst the current government advice is to only travel if your journey is essential, we will update this page as the situation changes. We will always provide official information on how to visit this attraction safely and responsibly by train.

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays06:00 - 19:45
Saturday 06:00 - 19:45
Sunday 08:45 - 17:30
Ticket MachineUnavailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelPart time
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Left LuggageUnavailable
Telephone typesCards only
Station BuffetUnavailable
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Information Systems
  • Announcements
  • Departure screens
Baby changeUnavailable
WiFi notes
Web kioskUnavailable
Customer help pointsUnavailable
Carpark opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
WeekdaysOpen 24 hours
Saturday Open 24 hours
Sunday Open 24 hours
Carpark nameStation Car Park
Carpark operatorAPCOA on behalf of First TransPennine Express
Car parking spaces45
Carpark charges
Three Monthly£107.00
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces24
Sheltered cycle storageUnavailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Cycle storage notes
Main station car park, under footbridge
Step-free accessPart 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 accessAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesUnavailable
Accessible Booking Office counterUnavailable

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.

Departures and arrivals from Thirsk

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Thirsk station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to Redcar CentralTransPennine Express06:56On time
to Manchester AirportTransPennine Express06:59On time
to Redcar CentralTransPennine Express07:56On time
to Manchester AirportTransPennine Express07:59On time
to Redcar CentralTransPennine Express08:56On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from YorkTransPennine Express06:55On time
from Redcar CentralTransPennine Express06:58On time
from Manchester VictoriaTransPennine Express07:55On time
from Redcar CentralTransPennine Express07:58On time
from Manchester AirportTransPennine Express08:55On time
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