Roche Abbey



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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.

Roche Abbey
MALTBY,Rotherham,S66 8NW


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking onsite
  • Cafe
  • Facilities: Side gate for easy wheelchair access, disabled parking, induction loop, information boards
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Opening Times: Open Apr-Oct, Wed-Sun 10-5 (last admission 4.30). Closed Nov-Mar

About the area

Discover South Yorkshire

Traditionally a steel and coal producing centre, the decline of both industries in South Yorkshire has been replaced to some extent by tourism based around the area’s beautiful Pennine countryside. The county claims part of the Peak District National Park, whose hills and dales provide welcome space for the large urban populations.

South Yorkshire is made up of four districts: City of Sheffield, Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham. Barnsley is the county’s administrative centre, located on one of Britain’s richest coalfields. The town has an entry in the Domesday Book and was built on land belonging to the priories of Pontefract and Monk Bretton. Doncaster, originally a Roman station, is set on the River Don. It is known particularly for its racecourse, best known for the St Leger in September. In 1875, Charles Dickens watched it from the 18th century Italianate grandstand at the Town Moor racecourse. The Lincolnshire Handicap is held in March. The town also boasts fine Georgian architecture and Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery.

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