Cathedrals and Abbeys

Yorkshire’s Abbeys & Cathedrals

Yorkshire has some of the most complete monastic ruins in the country and a wealth of abbeys, monasteries and priories covering various orders of monks from Augustinian, Benedictine and Cistercian.

We also have in York Minster the largest gothic cathedral in Northern Europe as well as being home to wonderful grand gothic cathedrals and minsters such as Beverley Minster and Ripon Cathedral.

Today’s tour would start in York with a look around York Minster and St Mary’s Abbey before heading out to Ripon for a tour of the smaller but equally impressive Ripon Cathedral with its original Saxon crypt.

From here it is a short drive to Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal – a UNESCO world heritage site and with stunning monastic ruins in a stunning location set next to a Georgian water garden with folly’s, temples, statues and surprise views.

Before returning you to your accommodation we should have time to head out past Masham for a look around this famous brewing town, then a quick look around the small ruins of Jervaulx Abbeys set at the start of Wensleydale and Coverdale on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales.

We will bring to life the stories of these gothic buildings cathedrals and explain how after 1066 monastic life grew and the abbeys became rich and powerful until Henry VIII dissolved the monasteries between 1536 and 1539.