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Rievaulx Abbey

Rievaulx Bank, Helmsley YO62 5LB, England
+44 1439 798228
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One of the best

Certainly this is one of the best abbeys to visit. Quite a large site with plenty of interesting... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Foxtrot10
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Brisbane, Australia
Walking in the area

Visiting the area, we were recommended this walk starting at the beautiful but ruined Abbey. Such a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
cftjw
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Midlands, England
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Hidden in the deep River Rye valley, the beautiful and tranquil abbey ruins reflect nearly one thousand years of spiritual, commercial and Romantic history. Rievaulx was one of the first Cistercian abbeys to be founded in England in around 1130, and after the dissolution, became the centre of commercial activity for many years. The abbey forge was used to set up an ironworks on the site. The abbey then entered its Romantic period when its picturesque ruins became a beacon for poets, painters, and scholars. It was one of the first major ruins to be conserved by the Office of Works (ancestor of English Heritage) in 1917.
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Rievaulx Bank, Helmsley YO62 5LB, England
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Certainly this is one of the best abbeys to visit. Quite a large site with plenty of interesting history in a peaceful setting. Parking available at the site and a good cafe. Don’t miss this abbey if you are in the area.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visiting the area, we were recommended this walk starting at the beautiful but ruined Abbey. Such a photogenic site. Very popular, as when we arrived at 9am there were already a few cars in the car park. We went to the cafe and they kindly...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked to Rievaulx from Helmsley and were taken aback at the sight of the Abbey as we didn't expect to experience something so good. Using the audio guide we went straight from the shop area to the museum (not to be missed) and spent...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A beautiful day enhanced the wonderful setting of this stunning place. Well worth a visit followed by the NT site just next door Only down side, despite it been a BH they had run out of much of the food by 1.50pm - not good...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We decided to visit Rievaulx Abbey by walking the circular route from Helmsley to the Abbey, in order to visit Helmsley Castle on the same day. We were so pleased we did! The walk took us through some beautiful countryside, and the Abbey eventually came...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a lovely place to come as it’s so peaceful and is set in a beautiful area. The site is run by English Heritage. Good welcome at reception and enthusiastic staff who help to make your visit enjoyable. Small interesting museum on site explaining...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the fourth time I have visited here,normally lovely. On my late husbands birthday my mum,my dog and myself visited a place he and I had visited. I am in no way disrespectful and have visited many historic areas which have “please do not...More

Thank mg9992018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great afternoon out here. My 2 year old daughter loved walking around the ruins. The ruins are impressive and the new museum was interesting to look around. The audio tour was interesting as it gave you specific information about different parts you...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A magical visit. MANY ruins to wander among. Towering walls. Set in a sheltered site, tucked below hills. Your imagination cannot help but wander here. Walk the little path that surrounds the site for another view. And to get yet another aspect, make sure when...More

Thank Jan B
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Breathtaking, stunning, spectacular, extremely beautiful place to visit, it is such a peaceful place that it is easy to lose track of time, walking around the Abbey and buildings learning the history can take hours, the cafe provides meals and snacks at a resonable price....More

Thank Keithy1970
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Mohamed S
21 January 2018|
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Response from camille_rae | Reviewed this property |
We drove and it was a long way. 3 or 4 hrs I would guess. But it was. A great drive and worth it.
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Nicholas B
Hello gelvisblue I'm very surprised by your review, how can you not just be in wonder and intrigue as you walked around the site? The history seeping from the magnificent ruins from nearly 900 years ago! The presbytery of the church, one of the finest examples of early English architecture. The magnificent refectory and the remains of the undercroft below. The monks choir and crossing in the south transept, with the doorway still in tact leading to the dormitory. The remarkable, unusual chapter house with its shrine to Abott William dating from 1250. The beautiful cloister with details like the piscine(holy water basin) Do I need to go on? Rievaulx Abbey was a major architectural influence on the medieval monastic church from the 12th to the 16th centuries and, from the mid 18th century. Rievaulx includes some of the earliest surviving buildings of any Cistercian monastery in Europe. Abott William's stone monastery was the first great Cistercian church to be built in England on the model of the church and claustral layout that was being developed at Clairvaux from about 1135. That makes Rievaulx one of the earliest surviving examples in Europe of what subsequently became the standard plan for all Cistercian abbey's, and for those of the other major monastic orders. Maybe you should visit other places other than ones like Rievaulx Abbey, as you clearly have no interest, understanding, or appreciation, of fine pieces of vastly important places of history in England. Go back, get the audio guide, and try to appreciate how lucky you are to be able to visit and learn about this remarkable place.
12 September 2017|
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Response from ApriliaApex | Reviewed this property |
You foolish man, i do appreciate Rievaulx Abbey, i just didn't care for the cafe or the shop. I will look forward to going back there and to finding that you have sent your reply to "gelvisblue" and deleted any link to me.
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Lisa W
28 April 2017|
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Response from Holibobsis | Reviewed this property |
Took our two dogs inside and they were made most welcome :-)
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