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“Worth seeing!”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Roche Abbey

Roche Abbey
Ranked #9 of 40 things to do in Rotherham
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Owner description: 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.
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Worth seeing!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2014

Amazing ruins and a piece of history! Beautiful surroundings. It's definately worth seeing by anybody.

Visited September 2013
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Rotherham, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
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“enjoy walking”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2013

Roche abbey is a lovely place for a stroll, they have a gift shop, toilet facilities.
The abbey itself is stunning, then follow the path round the abbey and you come to the stepping stones over the river, thats great fun for the kids.

Visited August 2013
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Rotherham, England, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Simply beautiful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2013

Set in a tranquil valley just off Blythe road this location is simply beautiful, I used to pass this years ago when working the area, today I set out armed with my nikon dslr and several lenses, the sun came out and the ruins are imposing, I have some superb photos, some of which I shall frame. Well worth a visit. Don't forget your camera.

Visited August 2013
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Worcester Park, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“A lovely oasis”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2013

Set in a beautiful valley in the midst of the sprawl of South Yorkshire, this really came as a surprise. Much of the ruins are only of low height, but are remarkably complete in terms of building outlines, which gave a really good impression of the layout of the monastic site - much better than the numerous other ruined monasteries I've visited.

Only part of the church stands to almost full height, but with a stream running through the site, on a sunny day this is a really pleasant place to linger for a while.

The approach road is cobbled and goes on a long way - it almost feels as if you're intruding by driving down there.

Visited August 2013
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maltby, south yorkshire
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“lovely peaceful valley”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2013

The setting is tremendous, valley is very quiet, facilities are basic, BUT, its a ruined abbey, verytranquil, whatever time of year you visit.
Great for a picnic, ideal for the kids to run around and explore, or even paddle in the river.

You can walk a circuit around the exterior of the grounds and over the stepping stones, without having to pay.

Visited July 2013
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