Located in a peaceful valley setting in the Vale of Ure, a few miles east of the Yorkshire Dales, Jervaulx Abbey is a ruined Cistercian monastery that was founded in 1156. The abbey was destroyed during Henry VIII’s Dissolution of the Monasteries, and the last abbot of Jervaulx was imprisoned in the Tower of London, where his signature can be seen, carved into the wall of his cell. Jervaulx is famous for the large variety of wildflowers that grow in and on the abbey walls.
Jervaulx is privately owned and it is very easy to visit the site; only an honesty box awaits visitors at the gate. A selection of cakes and other refreshments are available at the Tearooms.