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Rievaulx Abbey

Rievaulx Bank, Helmsley YO62 5LB, England
+44 1439 798228
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Love coming here such a peaceful place. The ruins are well maintained. Good museum charting the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Hazel D
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Pickering, United Kingdom
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We arrived to the car park past lovely wooded river valley. A new visitor centre/ ticket office... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Lesley H
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Derby, United Kingdom
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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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Rievaulx Bank, Helmsley YO62 5LB, England
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Reviewed yesterday

Love coming here such a peaceful place. The ruins are well maintained. Good museum charting the history of the Abbey. Well stocked gift shop. Clean toilets. Small car park. The people who work here are warm friendly and knowledgeable. The cafe looked nice but we...More

Thank Hazel D
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We arrived to the car park past lovely wooded river valley. A new visitor centre/ ticket office alongside. The views and setting is stunning. A new museum is worth a visit too. The staff were lovely and cake and coffee delicious, with a lovely view...More

Thank Lesley H
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited today, had a lovely walk through the woods and the view is beautiful. Lovely walk then nice visit to helmsley

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Reviewed 1 week ago

On face value it seems like a smaller site however it turns out to be a really interesting and educational site. There's a good museum area as well as some quite extensive ruins of the abbey with a good audio tour. Excellent photo opportunities if...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We first visited many years ago on a very rainy day and always wanted to return in better weather and finally managed it. Things had moved on since our last visit with a new visitor centre and an audio tour both of which were much...More

Thank elle090
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an interesting visit in beautiful surroundings. I can recommend the audio guide which was included in the entrance charge (free to members). Staff were very helpful,cheerful and courteous. The shop was well stocked and the cafe provided good tasty food at a reasonable...More

Thank badcompany31
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited fortunately on a rainy day but a very interesting place to go to. Didn't realise how important it was in Englands religious past. Very nice coffee shop with lovely views over ruins. Well worth a visit

Thank janet o
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Love it here. I know exactly why they built in this valley. Like an escape from modern day life, free nibbles as you enter doesn't go amiss. The curds are lovely.

Thank Martyn W
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Love it here, still a lot of the Abbey left to see and a great tea room. We went Easter weekend and was surprised that there was falconry there that weekend, certainly enhanced the visit. Just be mindful of parking as it was busy when...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Always love visiting here. Scenery is gorgeous. Kids can run round and enjoy fresh air. Just love for this place

Thank Smithster114
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Mohamed S
21 January 2018|
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Response from Ali C | Reviewed this property |
It’s a bit of a journey, you could combine with a city break to York Or stay at Ampleforth It’s an amazing place
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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.
13 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
29 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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