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Rievaulx Abbey

Rievaulx Bank, Helmsley YO62 5LB, England
+44 1439 798228
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Castle Howard, Rievaulx Abbey, and North York Moors Day Trip from York
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“monastic life” (12 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Rievaulx Bank, Helmsley YO62 5LB, England
+44 1439 798228
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Rievaulx Abbey is a bit off the beaten track and it doesn't appear to be as well known as some attractions in the area. I'm very glad that we bothered to find it. It is very atmospheric, the modern buildings blend in well, and there...More

Thank John A
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Visited on a lovely may day when the sun was shining so could not have chosen better. It is situated in a beautiful valley surounded by excellent countryside. The scale of the ruins are amazing and on a sunny day it is a fantastic site....More

Thank Thirskies
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Rievaulx Abbey is spectacular in every way. Definitely a 'not to be missed' visit. Worth every penny and more of the entrance fee.

Thank Roger0987
Reviewed 1 week ago

Arrived here on a gorgeous spring day.The staff were extremely helpful in making sure that we got the best out of our visit, recommending walks and guides. The Abbey is a beautiful medieval ruin and we enjoyed our time there , well worth a visit...More

Thank elizablue
Reviewed 1 week ago

They have a new museum area, which is really nixe and shows some wonderful finds from the abbey. The new shop, cafe and entrance are very nice indeed. The architecture invokes a feeling of the gothic abbeys really well. The English Heritage staff are really,...More

Thank Anthony B
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited on Saturday 6th May and although windy, you can understand why this place was chosen for a Monastery. The addition of audio devices in conjunction with the on-site interpretation boards gave a much clearer insight into life at Rievaulx. All this is greatly...More

Thank Lionel T
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed nearby in Helmsley and came to see the ruins of the Abbey. The shell of the buildings left after Henry VIII and time have done their work is impressive mainly for the sheer size of the site. It's worth a two hour visit, and...More

Thank Richard2UK
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed a wonderful lunch break at the Abbey cafe after a circular walk in the dales. The gift shop and cafe are excellent, including superb view of the abbey. Very friendly and welcoming staff, really excellent quality food and service. Highly recommend a visit.

Thank DayTrooper2001
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took the Cleveland Way from Helmsley to Rievaulx, aware that there was a ruined abbey at the end of our 3 mile hike. Little did we expect such a magnificent sight as we rounded a corner to find the abbey rising above the hedgerows...More

Thank Pete B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We are currently touring medieval ruins and castles in Cumbria and now Yorkshire and we were excited to eventually arrive here. He had previously visited Furness Abbey and were astonished at the scale of the buildings but Rievaulx shook us to our core. The level...More

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Lisa W
Does the café do takeout, as we will be with the dog so can't go inside etc?
29 April 2017|
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Response from Alison C | Reviewed this property |
I would think as there is an outside seating area that they would do.
Hi there, I'm planning on visiting on either weekend of 8/9 April or Monday 10 April - would you be able to advise of opening days/times around that period, I'm trying to arrange the rest of my trip around this, so would be hugely grateful if there's any info you could provide! Many thanks, Sarah
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
Is cafe accessible without entry to ruins?
25 October 2016|
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Response from Brett B | Reviewed this property |
The museum/manor house area can be reached coming up the steps from town or via the road behind the abbey, past the brewery. You can use the abbey parking and walk around. I don't recall parking in that area.