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Beautifully set in a valley landscaped by ‘Capability’ Brown in the 18th century, the most striking feature of this Cistercian abbey is the eastern end of its church, built in the new Gothic style c1170. It has one of the most complete ground plans of any English Cistercian monastery, laid out as excavated foundations. The story of the pillaging of Roche, recorded by the son of an eye-witness is among the most vivid documents of the Dissolution of the Monasteries.

“Roche Abbey was a monastery for men who belonged to the Cistercian Order. For nearly 400 years the buildings housed a religious community whose lives were passed in an ordered daily sequence of religious services, reading, and manual work. At the height of the abbey’s history, the total size of the community was about 175 men. By comparison with the greatest Cistercian abbeys in the north of England such as Rievaulx and Byland, Roche was a medium-sized house. But although less remains at Roche than these sites, the standing ruins rank in importance with the finest early Gothic architecture in the north. Roche Abbey gives us a full picture of how a Cistercian monastery was planned and of the way in which the community lived and worked”. Peter Fergusson 1984

In the summer enjoy a picnic in the ruins by the stream and explore the remaining section of the gatehouse; the magnificent surviving transept walls; and the ruined hall of the lay brothers’ infirmary. In the winter, join us for our wonderful Mulled Wine & Music event.

If you know anything more about the heritage of this site and would like us to include it here please contact us.


Open at specified timesGenerally accessible to wheelchair usersParking at Church or nearbyAccessible by public transportToilets at site or nearby

Address: Roche Abbey, Maltby, South Yorkshire, S66 8NW

Opening Times: Please call the site on 01709 812739 or visit for opening times and prices in 2011/12.

Contact: 01709 812739 or

Directions: M18 J1. Take A631 Bawtry Road through into Maltby. Turn right onto A634 Blyth Road to Blyth. Roche Abbey is 1 mile out of town on right.

Grid Reference: SK 542 900 GB Grid


The text has been written by volunteers from the site, more information can be found when you visit in person.


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