Roche Abbey was founded in the 12th century as a monastery of the Cistercian Order and was once home to over 50 monks and 100 lay brothers.
What hits you the most when you visit this tranquil space is how peaceful and beautiful this location really is. Set in a valley surrounded by forest, streams and pleasant lake, and owned by English Heritage it’s a perfect place to pay a visit.
The place has a nearly complete ground plan laid out as excavated foundations and the early Gothic transepts reaching original height.
A perfect place to enjoy a picnic in the ruins by the stream, feeling the tranquil peace the place offers and a chance to walk on the several walkways in and around the valley.