It is a Cistercian monastery founded in 1132 following disagreements and riots at Santa Maria Abbey in York. The Abbey functioned for over 400 years, until 1539, when Henry VIII ordered the "dissolution of the monasteries". The buildings of the Abbey and over 2 km2 of land were sold by the Crown on 1 October 1540 to Sir Richard Gresham, a London merchant, father of the founder of the London Stock Exchange, Sir Thomas Gresham.
WHY THIS PLACE
With stones extracted locally, and was the subject of a large number of extensions and changes in later periods, which caused deviations from the austere Cistercian architectural style. This fact makes the structure even more majestic, perfect for hosting weddings that require greater aesthetic grandeur.
It is one of the largest and best preserved Cistercian abbeys in England, classified as a 1st grade building and currently owned by the National Trust. Together with the adjacent Studley Royal Park, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.