Jervaulx Abbey
Jervaulx Abbey
4.5
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Fred1953
Manchester, UK50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Visited the Abbey today with my wife, as usual everything was superb, helped by the sun coming out for a few hours. Owners Ian and Carol, and daughters Gayle and Anna are lovely, very helpful, we were fortunate to be their guests seven years ago when they ran the B&B. Unfortunately today (Tuesday) the cafe was closed which was a shame, but wandering around the ruins of the abbey was a delight. Please make sure you put some money in the honesty box, it's only the price of a cup of coffee.
Written September 8, 2020
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Martin S
Lincolnshire, UK22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Jervaulx is a privately owned ruin, and that makes for very different feel to other similar abbeys that are in the care of English Heritage. Not exactly neglected, the place has the feel of a romantic ruin, with wild flowers and trees softening the original austere buildings. Jervaulx is a place for exploration, with hidden corners and unexpected views, and it’s set in a beautiful landscape. It’s also very good value for money, at just £3 paid into the honesty box as you go in. You can also pay online via PayPal, which is handy if you haven’t any change.
Written August 30, 2020
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AddVis
Bridlington, UK89 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Called in early on a nice sunny day to see this very interesting privately owned site.
The owners are very trusting with an honesty box for entry and guide books - I certainly hope that everybody who visits is honest.

Beautifully tranquil , especially as for 30 minutes we were the only people on the site, rather mystic in a way.

Tea rooms were not open at the time we visited so cannot comment on that aspect.
Written September 30, 2020
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Louise G
Bolton, UK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
We visited in early August. Lovely day, not too warm with a nice breeze. From some of the previous reviews we were led to believe it was undiscovered gem so we were a bit surprised to see the car park almost full !
First stop was the tea room. It was the first day to open after lockdown.
Apparently it was a last minute decision to open so they possibly weren't as well prepared as usual ! Saying that we had 2 delicious quiches and some pretty decent coffee. They seemed well prepared with regards to social distancing, hand sanitiser was freely available and people were socially distancing outside. The young lady serving (daughter of the owners) was really helpful and happy to answer questions about the area.
The actual abbey was really picturesque, a properly romantic ruin, with abundant wild flowers pouring over the stones and arches like in a victorian print, not like the manicured foutains abbey down the road. Funnily enough although the car park was full the abbey itself really was a tranquil oasis, just a lovely place to wander and soak up the peace.
Good idea to get one of the guides as there aren't many explanatory boards around and the upkeep of the abbey is dependent on 'honesty' donations - it's the largest privately owned monastry and gets nothing from the NT or EH. We walked through the extensive parkland too as part of a longer circular walk from the abbey via thornton steward and along tne river ure - well recommended also.
Written August 9, 2020
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kengarnerashby
Ashby de la Zouch, UK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 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 September 11, 2023
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A N
Woodbridge, UK112 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
Lovely, calm and peaceful place to spend an hour or so. We liked the way it is kept a little more naturally than the bigger abbey's. We would have given a higher rating but we love a cup of tea and cake, but the tea rooms are still closed and there are no toilet facilities.
Written May 30, 2021
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AlbertSalichs
Manresa, Spain11,562 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 July 12, 2023
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Val W
Merthyr Tydfil, UK1,164 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
The air of tranquility in Jervaulx draws us back again and again. We usually visit early in the day as we did this time and we were the only people on the site. This ads to the sense of both spiritual and natural serenity. We usually visit later in the year so the wild flowers were different ones but just as lovely.

Given the area, it seems very appropriate that the Abbey was famous both for its horses and its cheese!

There is plenty of parking opposite the Abbey. Both the parking and admission are via honesty boxes. Although this isn't directly to do with visiting the Abbey, we were sorry that the tearooms are no longer open.
Written May 8, 2022
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KennyCh2018
Guisborough, UK171 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
This is certainly a very peaceful place to visit. The open areas have grass which is kept maintained however we felt there is too much brambles, weeds etc which surely over time will weaken the structures that remain.
There is good parking but sadly the advertised Tea room is "permanently closed". which is a shame.
Written August 31, 2022
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ForcettGrange
Richmond, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Couples
A stunningly beautiful place filled with history and atmosphere; from the idyllic vistas framed by the ruins to the throughly interesting Guide Book our visit hear was great. Take a picnic and enjoy the peace, and please understand why the Abbey is left in its current guise before downrating. A top spot!
Written January 3, 2022
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