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Roche Abbey

MALTBY, Rotherham, S66 8NW

Just on the outskirts of the large village of Maltby, to the east of Rotherham, are the stark ruins of an abbey founded on a curve of Maltby Dyke in 1147 for monks of the Cistercian order. The area was part of Sherwood Forest, and some say Robin Hood worshipped here. The buildings were largely dismantled at the Dissolution, but you can see two impressively high limestone sections of the Gothic transept which survive. In the 18th century, Lord Scarborough gave Lancelot 'Capability' Brown free reign in the valley, and the picturesque landscaping makes this a great place to bring a picnic.

Further information

Tel: 01709 812739

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English Heritage


£4 (ch 5-15 £2.40, concessions £3.60). Family £10.40. Members free

Opening times

Open Apr-30 Oct, Wed-Sun 10-5. Closed 31 Oct-Mar




Dogs allowed in grounds only

Assist dogs allowed all areas.


Partly accessible. Grass slope, level access to abbey house & shop, steps from ticket office to site & from abbey
Side gate for easy wheelchair access, disabled parking, induction loop

Roche Abbey


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1.5m S off A634

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