3 Must-See Abbeys in North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire possesses some of the most remarkable natural environments in the UK, with the North Yorkshire Moors, Robin Hood’s Bay, and Wensleydale, just a few of these; however, the region is also home to some of the country’s most unbelievable abbeys.

Here, we take you through some of the must-visit abbeys of North Yorkshire.

Whitby Abbey

Established in 657 AD by the Saxon king of Northumbria, Whitby Abbey is one of the most iconic monuments in North Yorkshire and is most absolutely a must-visit. The abbey’s impressive remains, which have in the past been named as Britain’s most passionate ruin, are located high on a hill overlooking Whitby, and it is traits like this that have made Whitby Abbey one of the most visited landmarks in the whole of Yorkshire.

The abbey makes for a great family day out and has an interactive visitor center that will fascinate the parents and keep them amused.

Bolton Abbey

In the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, Bolton Abbey is best described as a hidden gem. Located by the River Wharfe, the ruins of the monastery attract countless visitors every year. Similarly to the abbeys above, Bolton Abbey offers excellent views of the surrounding countryside. The abbey has walks that are perfect for families along the banks of the River Wharfe and across the surrounding moorland and woodland. The monastery also has several restaurants, tea rooms and cafes within easy walking distance, and a gift shop where you can buy some memorabilia to remember what is sure to be a great day out.

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal

History’s mysterious wonder, Fountains Abbey, is unmissable. These 12th-century Cistercian abbey ruins allow visitors a fun day out. It is a complete Cistercian abbey in the UK and is an excellent place to learn more about ancient Britain. The monastery is the main draw for visitors, but what makes it even more special is that a range of other attractions accompanies it. Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that offers holidaymakers 323 hectares of remarkable countryside, the only surviving Cistercian corn mill, a Georgian water garden, the Victorian St Mary’s Church and the Elizabethan Fountains Hall. That does not consider the neighboring medieval deer park, which is perfect for families to explore and look at all the gorgeous scenery while also getting a glimpse of different breeds of deer running and playing together.

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