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Churches & Abbeys

Churches in the North York Moors are both a fantastic example of architecture and an insight into the changing cultural history of the region. There are hundreds of Churches and Abbeys of all sizes and ages and many have their foundations in ancient spiritual places, dating back for thousands of years. Rievaulx Abbey is a few miles from Helmsley that is significant because it was the first Cistercian church in the country. The Cistercians arrived following the Norman conquest of Britain and made Rievaulx the centre of their order. They built this Abbey in 1132 and much of the original structure is still intact.

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Whitby Abbey

Whitby, Yorkshire Coast

The most recognised landmark of the coastal town of Whitby has to be the imposing Whitby Abbey. Standing on top of the cliffs above the pretty harbour looking down on the town. The stunning stone...

Rievaulx Abbey & Cafe

Helmsley, North York Moors

A visit to Rievaulx Abbey in the North York Moors National Park is a wonderfully calming experience. The once bustling Abbey is now a silent ruin, sitting in a tranquil area of woodland and owned and...

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Ripon, Vale of York

Fountains Abbey is part of a World Heritage Site and is a major tourist attraction. The area is stunning and the beautiful natural habitat is teeming with wildlife. The Studley Royal Water Garden is...

Byland Abbey

Thirsk, North York Moors

Byland Abbey is a fascinating and atmospheric place to visit and offers an interesting insight to the life and times of the monks who lived there. Though mostly ruined now, there are still some of...

St Cedds Church

Lastingham, Kirkbymoorside, North York Moors

St Cedd's Church is an historic parish church in Lastingham, which was once a flourishing monastery in the heart of the village. With a long and interesting history the church is well visited and...

Newburgh Priory

Hambleton, Easingwold, North York Moors

For a taste of history and culture, with plenty to see and do for alll the family, Newburgh Priory is an ideal place to visit. The wonderful gardens which surround the stately home are full of...


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