Plan your Abbey Visit


Jervaulx Abbey is open from dawn till dusk and to enable this to work there is an Honesty Box at the entrance to the site.

Public health and safety

There is no access after dark.

Climbing on walls is strictly forbidden.


Jervaulx Abbey is the country's largest privately owned Cistercian Abbey, it relies totally on your donation to survive, we ask only a small donation at the Honesty box as you enter this wonderful and unique ruin, which also allows our visitor to access the abbey from dawn to dusk, all donations go towards the maintenance and upkeep of this wonderful site. You are also welcome to pay at the Tearoom and visitor centre’s opening hours.

Throughout the restoration, our object has always been to try and maintain the peace and tranquillity of Jervaulx. We try to keep signs to a minimum so people can just enjoy the tranquility, the guide book offers visitors more information for those who want to learn more.


Brown signs on the main road direct you to the carpark which is situated in front of the tearoom and visitor centre and opposite side of the road to Jervaulx Abbey

Disabled sign Disabled parking available.

Wheelchair Access:

Access to most of site is via fine, loose gravel paths and smooth grass, although there are some steps.


Jervaulx abbey welcomes responsible dog owners .

Please keep your dog on a short lead at all times.     

Clear up after your dog and dispose of poo bags responsibly.


No picnics are allowed in the Tearooms, garden or the car park, however they are allowed at the Abbey. 

We please ask you to take your rubbish home with you.


If you want to use Photography for professional use you must obtain permission.  Wedding photography will be required to be booked in.