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Rievaulx Abbey

Rievaulx Bank, Helmsley YO62 5LB, England
+44 1439 798228
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Rievaulx Bank, Helmsley YO62 5LB, England
+44 1439 798228
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Reviewed yesterday

We walked here from Helmsley along the Cleveland Way (definitely worth it) on a glorious sunny day in August. The ruins are set on the hillside, it is a photographer's dream and I'm sure the setting will change according to the weather. There is a...More

Thank ruthiegee
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We stopped off here on the way to our honeymoon in Whitby on the advice of my parents. It's a really fascinating place to wander round, although it's quite a trek to get there. Parking and admission was high and they cheekily ask if you...More

Thank Doug F
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I always enjoy Rievaulx because no matter how many times you go back it never looks the same because the light and weather always changes and as someone who loves photography you can always seem something different. The children love running around and exploring but...More

Thank michaelowen72
Reviewed 4 days ago

We visited on Sunday 13.8.17. A beautiful day and setting. Modern visitor centre and helpful personal audio information system in place. The monk made it however. With his "day in the life of a monk," sword fighting lessons and the tale of Brother Jucundus spears...More

Thank MikeJDuff
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We are English Heritage members and our kids love exploring old castles and other buildings. We warmed up with Whitby Abbey, but Rievaulx is on another level. However, I don't want to talk about that. Let me take you to the cafe at the Abbey....More

Thank PeterOuld
Reviewed 4 days ago

A peaceful place to stroll in and learn the history of the Cistercians in this area. English Heritage run it immaculately and efficiently and there is entertainment for all ages, guided talks, fun for kids and so on.

Thank MargaretK372
Reviewed 6 days ago

This visit to Rievaulx was our second, and our group of 34 really enjoyed both the abbey ruins, and its lovely setting. It has the added bonus of being just a short distance from the market town of Helmsley, in itself a treat. The small...More

Thank Tom R
Reviewed 1 week ago

The remains of this abbey are remarkably intact and the audio guide really brings it to life. I thoroughly enjoyed wandering around and also looking at the artefacts in the Museum. well worth a visit.

Thank 676Sarah676
Reviewed 1 week ago

A well maintained historical site well worth a visit. Not cheap at around nine pounds per head plus a fiver for a guide book, but informative and evocative. There were a small number of reconstructed 'photographs' of how the monks might have lived/looked, and we...More

Thank ValFromBishopsCastle
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a gorgeous atmospheric site and has recently become even better with the addition of a wonderful new museum showcasing the best artifacts in a well thought-out setting. I also strongly recommend the walk to Helmsley and back (6 miles) if time (and weather!)...More

Thank DiscerningPenguin
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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 :-)
5 March 2017|
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Response from Ivan D | Reviewed this property |
Hi, You can find all relevant data on the website of English Heritage. I think that all English Heritage properties have opening hours in period April to September from 10:00 to 18:00. Regards ID
24 October 2016|
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Response from David B | Reviewed this property |
Yes! Nice Cafe!