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Roche Abbey

| South of Maltby, Rotherham S66 8NW, England
+44 1709 812739
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Isolated smaller Cistercian Abbey

The Abbey is near Maltby and access is off the A634 down a cobbled single track road. There is a... read more

Reviewed 2 April 2018
938fjg
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Ulverston, United Kingdom
Interesting

Been here a few times as a child on school visits and after as an adult. Both times it has been a... read more

Reviewed 3 March 2018
lindashaw965
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Rotherham, United Kingdom
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Set in a peaceful and picturesque wooded valley, Roche Abbey was founded in 1147, with stonework dating back to around the 1180's. Thanks to Capability Brown who landscaped the area in the 18th Century, we now boast the most complete foundations of any Cistercian monestary in the country. Although most of the excavated ruins are low lying, the transcepts still stand to their original height. Roche Abbey is closed during the winter months, re opening again March 2015. The woodland walks around the area are accessible and parking is still available.
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| South of Maltby, Rotherham S66 8NW, England
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"english heritage"
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"stream running"
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"information boards"
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"stepping stones"
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"cobbled lane"
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"wooded valley"
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"single track"
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"pretty valley"
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"nice ruins"
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"car park"
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"beautiful ruin"
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"lovely place for a picnic"
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"buy a guide book"
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"henry viii"
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"grounds surrounding"
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"designed by capability brown"
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"small shop"
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

The Abbey is near Maltby and access is off the A634 down a cobbled single track road. There is a car park at the end of the track and another one beside the Abbey entrance down an overgrown track. Both are popular with walkers doing...More

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Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

Been here a few times as a child on school visits and after as an adult. Both times it has been a pleasure. Many stories told of ghosts and its history. A pleasant trip in the summer and ideal for photos though would have to...More

Thank lindashaw965
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Reviewed 18 January 2018 via mobile

Never realised this was close to where I live, visited with a friend went on a lovely walk on the grounds, glad it’s been looked after and funded! Excellent piece of history of England.

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Reviewed 9 January 2018

What a unique setting for this ruined Abbey,suppressed in 1538, worth a visit if you like your history. The site is run by English Heritage. Shop sells guidebook and other souvenirs.

Thank rosmere1
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Reviewed 14 November 2017

We've been here 10/12 times over the years on our own and with kids. It's a small abbey and in fairness, it doesn't compare to some other better known Yorkshire abbeys such as Rievaulx, Fountains, Whitby and Byland. All of that said, it's in a...More

Thank smith1265
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Reviewed 2 November 2017

English Heritage site now which enjoyed a visitors centre, coffee and toilets. I was actually involved in a walk with an organised group. I have visited this site on many occasions over the years. Steeped in interesting historical facts. A very pleasant walkers no area...More

Thank janwatson632
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Reviewed 30 October 2017

Im lucky enough to live within walking distance of here and love just wandering around the grounds with my dogs. Very peaceful with a flowing stream and waterfall. As yet Ive not paid to actually go into the ruins as you can just walk around...More

Thank 770clairet
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Reviewed 26 October 2017 via mobile

Even the approach is different, a steep cobbled Street and the Abbey remains elusive until the last minute. It's reputedly the largest ground plan of any English Abbey and the two remaining towers are in fantastic condition. Lots of places to walk, great for picnics...More

Thank Greg M
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Reviewed 11 October 2017

Secreted in a shallow, wooded valley below the former coal mining village of Maltby, Roche Abbey is a simply wonderful place. The remains are extensive while the rushing water noise from Maltby Beck, which hurries through the site, provides a very pleasant backdrop. Benches are...More

Thank Andrew G
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Reviewed 4 October 2017

It never ceases to capture my imagination how these Abbeys must have looked in their prime. A good example of the beautiful stone masonry of the period

Thank fishyboy78
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riedefine
15 September 2017|
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Response from Andrew J | Reviewed this property |
Hi, it's approx 13 miles away from Doncaster town centre
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Marie p
23 April 2017|
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Response from Kate007Cheshire | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I am afraid I don't know. You can walk round the outside as there are miles and miles of fields but am not sure about in the grounds
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