Jervaulx Abbey
Jervaulx Abbey
4.5
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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  • kengarnerashby
    Ashby de la Zouch, United Kingdom3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peace and tranquility
    A privately owned abbey, Jervaulx Abbey ruins have been sensitively preserved by three generations of the same family. The Abbey grounds are open to the public and visitors are asked to make a donation via the honesty box at the entrance to the ruins. Don't be a cheapskate and pass by the honesty box nor walk alongside the grounds to take photographs. The grounds have plenty of benches to sit on and soak up the atmosphere and peace. The family rely totally on public donations.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 September 2023
  • Menumore
    Blackburn, United Kingdom294 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peaceful
    May be only ruins but such a relaxing place to visit. Entrance is by honesty box and to be honest it is cheap as the upkeep of this property must be high. The tearooms have reopened and only supplement the visit. The tearooms have home baked produce which is so tasty. Parking is perfect
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 2 May 2024
  • Val W
    Merthyr Tydfil, United Kingdom1,210 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and Peaceful
    There is something so special about this place! The atmosphere envelopes you as soon as you enter. The ruins are beautiful but it's more than that - there is a real sense of tranquility. There is aways the sound of birds and the bleating of sheep - no doubt similar sounds to those heard by the monks of old. There are masses of flowers - mainly wild but some "escapees" and it is an absolute haven for pollinators. There parking the other side of the road and both parking and entrance are via honesty boxes.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 May 2024
  • Helen H
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magical
    Don’t go expecting it to be anything like English Heritage or National Trust places which are lovely but essentially very similar. There are no notice boards, maps of where to go or audio guides here but this place is all the more special for it. You pay for entry in the cafe or in the honesty box and explore at your own pace taking any route you fancy around the ruins. When we visited we hardly saw anyone and all we could hear were birds tweeting and sheep bahing. The ruins of the abbey are like stumbling across a scene from a fairytale and the wild flowers are stunning! The newly re-opened tearoom serves delicious sandwiches, pastries and cakes and is run by the owners of the abbey who are happy to chat about the history of the abbey, the flora and how they came to own it. How often do you get to meet the owners of these historic places? Magical - we loved it!
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 May 2024
  • David T
    20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Real Gem
    Spendic ruins in a relaxing environment. A real sense of calm. Lots of photo oppurtunities. Fantastic wild flowers on the ruins, and great surroundings. Cafe is great, with friendly staff.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 May 2024
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robertgwynleach
Hornsea, UK20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Amazingly tranquil place - not as complete as Fountains Abbey but nevertheless fascinating to walk around. It’s easy to get to and well worth a visit if you are in the area. Just sitting on a bench , listening to the birds and the sheep was a magical experience.
Written 19 May 2024
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David T
20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Spendic ruins in a relaxing environment. A real sense of calm. Lots of photo oppurtunities. Fantastic wild flowers on the ruins, and great surroundings. Cafe is great, with friendly staff.
Written 16 May 2024
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Helen H
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Don’t go expecting it to be anything like English Heritage or National Trust places which are lovely but essentially very similar. There are no notice boards, maps of where to go or audio guides here but this place is all the more special for it. You pay for entry in the cafe or in the honesty box and explore at your own pace taking any route you fancy around the ruins. When we visited we hardly saw anyone and all we could hear were birds tweeting and sheep bahing. The ruins of the abbey are like stumbling across a scene from a fairytale and the wild flowers are stunning! The newly re-opened tearoom serves delicious sandwiches, pastries and cakes and is run by the owners of the abbey who are happy to chat about the history of the abbey, the flora and how they came to own it. How often do you get to meet the owners of these historic places? Magical - we loved it!
Written 3 May 2024
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Val W
Merthyr Tydfil, UK1,210 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
There is something so special about this place! The atmosphere envelopes you as soon as you enter. The ruins are beautiful but it's more than that - there is a real sense of tranquility.

There is aways the sound of birds and the bleating of sheep - no doubt similar sounds to those heard by the monks of old. There are masses of flowers - mainly wild but some "escapees" and it is an absolute haven for pollinators.

There parking the other side of the road and both parking and entrance are via honesty boxes.
Written 3 May 2024
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Menumore
Blackburn, UK294 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
May be only ruins but such a relaxing place to visit. Entrance is by honesty box and to be honest it is cheap as the upkeep of this property must be high. The tearooms have reopened and only supplement the visit. The tearooms have home baked produce which is so tasty. Parking is perfect
Written 2 May 2024
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The_Travel_Family
Las Vegas, NV1,067 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Nice place to walk around. Kids enjoyed exploring. Easy to find, parking convenient and the local sheep kept us entertained. The tea rooms have been closed for some tea. No toilets here.
Written 7 October 2023
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kengarnerashby
Ashby de la Zouch, UK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
A privately owned abbey, Jervaulx Abbey ruins have been sensitively preserved by three generations of the same family. The Abbey grounds are open to the public and visitors are asked to make a donation via the honesty box at the entrance to the ruins. Don't be a cheapskate and pass by the honesty box nor walk alongside the grounds to take photographs. The grounds have plenty of benches to sit on and soak up the atmosphere and peace. The family rely totally on public donations.
Written 11 September 2023
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AlbertSalichs
Manresa, Spain20,596 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Solo
Jervaulx Abbey is located on land, in the middle of England. It is located in a region, where you can see some ruins of abbeys like Fountains Abbey or Bolton Abbey. It is for me the least pretty, because you can see some walls, parts of the main church or some other rooms. You cannot see any staff in all route around the abbey. Also, there are too much vegetation. However, ruins are nice and you can walk around them.
(See also Bolton Abbey and Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden)
Written 12 July 2023
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Simon G
London53 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
There's one information board at the entrance, and after that you're left on your own. Remembering what you've seen, and with a bit of knowledge of ecclesiastical architecture, it's possible to identify the remains of the cloisters and the adjoining chapter house, as well as the nave and the location of the high altar - but that's it.
Plenty of foliage, but a lot of it looks frankly like weeds.

If you want to see something more substantial, check out Fountains Abbey (National Trust) or Rievaulx (English Heritage). Payment is £5 in an honesty box, so this is not expensive, but better to spend your money at those properties.
Written 10 July 2023
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Lynn M
18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
Beautiful place. Interesting. Peaceful. Well worth a visit. The signs on main road state Abbey and tea room but there is not a tea room. However 3 minutes down the road you can refreshments at the Brymor ice cream parlour
Written 26 June 2023
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