Roche Abbey reopening

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Roche Abbey in Rotherham will reopen on July 4, English Heritage has confirmed.

Limits on visitor numbers have been introduced to help keep everyone safe.

So, whether you are an English Heritage member or not, you’ll need to book your visit in advance and arrive during a particular time slot. You won’t be able to get into the site without a booking, so please book before you visit.

For members, entry is free, with standard tickets at £5. Bookings can be made here.

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An update from English Heritage, said: “Some of our historic sites are now open – we’re delighted to be welcoming you back.

“Many more sites will be open from 4 July, and we hope to reopen almost all our sites in August.

“Although things might be a little different when you visit, you’ll still be able to enjoy exploring the places where history happened.

“Right now, staff and volunteers across the country are working hard to adapt our sites for reopening. We’re introducing a range of measures at our sites to help adhere to social distancing guidelines and hygiene standards. “

Founded in the 12th century at Maltby, Roche Abbey has one of the most complete ground plans of any English Cistercian monastery, laid out as excavated foundations.

It is beautifully set in a valley landscaped by “Capability” Brown in the 18th century.

Images: English Heritage

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