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Roche Abbey

| South of Maltby, Rotherham S66 8NW, England
+44 1709 812739
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Worth a visit - lovely picnic site.

We've been here 10/12 times over the years on our own and with kids. It's a small abbey and in... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sheffield, United Kingdom
Important history

English Heritage site now which enjoyed a visitors centre, coffee and toilets. I was actually... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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
+44 1709 812739
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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
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
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
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed the atmosphere at this impressive Cistercian Abbey ruin. The valley was quiet and the limestone Abbey has a comprehensive footprint. The facilities are basic with toilets and ice cream sales!

Thank Sandra W
Reviewed 19 September 2017 via mobile

My wife and I had spent a few days in Rotherham for a break. On the day we were coming home we asked the satnav for suggestions and it came up with Roche Abbey. It was only 5 miles away so we gave it a...More

Thank alex_uns
Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

I happened to drive past this abbey whilst on a break away and decided to check it out! The drive down to the Abbey and car park was narrow and I did wonder if I was on the right track! I was greeted on arrival...More

Thank Emma W
Reviewed 12 September 2017

This well kept English Heritage dire is one of the most peaceful places to visit. It can be Seen from the road but to stand amongst the ruins of this once working Abbey is a must. The layout is well described. It is not hard...More

Thank Richard S
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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
Marie p
23 April 2017|
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