I’ve been to Roche Abbey several times over the years and it never loses its appeal, mainly for its magnificent setting in a wide limestone gorge, which you can fully explore without the need to enter the English Heritage site itself.
Unless there is a special event on, I’d now be a little reluctant to pay the £3.50 entrance fee, which would only enable me to get that little bit nearer to the extensive ruins that can be seen on this site – unless I really wanted to take advantage of the very best viewpoints for taking photographs. Although impressive in scale, for me there just aren’t enough interesting little details to keep me paying for return visits.
Whilst I’ve never done this myself, when I visited on the sunny May Day bank holiday Monday, there were many people enjoying a picnic both outside and inside the grounds of the abbey.
The only reason why I don’t visit this place more often is that you do really need a car to get here, unless you want to walk the mile and a half from Maltby, where the nearest bus service can be found.
Combined with a trip to Conisbrough Castle, which is only 7 miles away, a visit to Roche Abbey is a must for visitors to South Yorkshire...and there is Brodsworth Hall too.
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