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Address: | South of Maltby, Rotherham S66 8NW, England
Phone Number:
+44 1709 812739
10:00 - 17:00
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Wed - Sun 10:00 - 17:00

Set in a peaceful and picturesque wooded valley, Roche Abbey was founded in...

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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Small ruins in very pretty location

No car park, just a bit of wasteland to park on and drive down to it is very rough and narrow.....if you don't mind a bit of a walk, park in the lay by on the main road! Set in a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A nice historic site managed by English Heritage down at the bottom of a rocky valley. The only downside is the lack of car parking which I'd guess could become an issue on busy days. The day we went - Easter Saturday 2017 - was nice and quiet. The entrance fee is cheaper than most Heritage sites possibly due to... More 

Thank J P S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

No car park, just a bit of wasteland to park on and drive down to it is very rough and narrow.....if you don't mind a bit of a walk, park in the lay by on the main road! Set in a very pretty valley, with the stream running through it, it's a great location for a walk on a sunny... More 

Thank Andrew J
Pakenham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 March 2017

The drive down into the valley is along some rough and narrow tracks and the car park is very small; (a dozen cars at most). The low entry fee of £4.30 reflects the fact there's isn't much to see and indeed there are public footpaths which run alongside 50% of the property where you can view the ruins for free.... More 

Thank Philip S
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Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

My daughter was learning about the tudors so i thought it would be a good place to learn about the dissolution of the monasatries. Nice walk round with the hound. Very pretty valley. Nice to come back as i lived near there as a child 😀

Thank Tracy C
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Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

This is a place I have visited many times in my life. As a child it used to fascinate me. All the history surrounding the Abbey. Even today I can imagine the monks walking through the gates and in the grounds surrounding the area. It is a beautiful place in the summer to take curious minds.

Thank Kate007Cheshire
Rotherham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 October 2016

We have been going here for years both with our children as youngsters and on our own as they have grown up and left. It is a great to see the old ruins, and you can have a good walk around. A bit difficult to get to, but worth the visit. You can read about the history of the ruins.

Thank mariab532016
Leicester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2016

Set in quaint surroundings, the ruins of Roche Abbey, which are seriously ruins, create an interesting spectacle. The history of the place makes it worthwhile, and the walks around the area are excellent.

Thank KevinSadler2364
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Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

Visited the abbey Very nice ruins Very bumpy road to get there Also very thin which makes it hard for two cars to pass

Thank Bougadi
Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Reviewed 6 October 2016

I first went to Roche Abbey as a child when visiting my Grandparents. Very little has changed since then, there are now information boards around which were not there before so at least information is available about the history of the Abbey.

Thank Ian R
england essex
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Reviewed 28 September 2016

I stopped here on my journey to Yorkshire as a pit stop and also I'm into photography so thought it would be a nice stop to take some pictures. It was good for taking photos and I have some lovely shots. I do feel it was very expensive for what it was. I was expecting more for my money really.

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