Plan your Abbey Visit

Opening times:

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.  Your donation to visit the abbey is essential for the upkeep and future of the Abbey.  Please do not abuse the honesty box system.

Public health and safety

There is strictly no access after dark.

STEER CLEAR OF THE WALLS:

Historic structures can be easily damaged, please refrain from leaning, standing or climbing on any walls, no matter how tall or how solid they may look.  With increasing damage we would appreciate visitors to be vigilant to any kind of this activity.

Teach kids respect, please keep a close eye on your children so they don’t get hurt or accidentally damage this site.  

Entry:

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.

If you wish to make a donation online, please use the button below:

Parking:

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.

 

Dogs:

Keep pets on a leash throughout your visit, keeping a close eye so they won’t dig, poop or cause erosion to the abbe and grounds.  Please take away any poop bags.

Whilst on walks throughout the parkland, dogs must be on leads.  We are a farming community and if a farmer believes your dog is worrying their stock, they have the right to take action.

 

Group visits

Groups that are planning on visiting the abbey and or Tearooms, schools, private tours etc.  You must phone and book your visit in in advance.  

Picnics:

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.

Photography:

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

No drones without permission, due to the nature of the site.  

Please contact us for future information.