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“Expensive for what it is”

Rievaulx Terrace and Temples
Ranked #5 of 20 things to do in Helmsley
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Owner description: Located in the village of Helmsley, visit the Rievaulx Abbey and its two 18th-century temples, one of which is the splendid Ionic Temple with its intricate ceiling paintings and 17th-century furniture.
Reviewed 27 September 2017

Even if you avoid the National Trust charging extra for Gift Aid and pay the basic ticket price, this is still expensive for what is a mile walk through woods (there are a few activities for children in the woods), a selection of views over Rievaulx Abbey and a couple of small temples.
There isn’t a tea room and only limited parking.
Much better to skip this altogether and spend more time at Rievaulx Abbey which, by comparison, is great value (including a free audio tour guide if you want).

Thank Ian E
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Reviewed 17 September 2017

Really, really helpful National Trust staff, plenty of surprises, some great modern sculpture and magnificent views to the Abbey. If you're a National Trust member, don't give your money to the 'enemy' (English Heritage!), just go here. Seriously, this was a splendid visit. It takes about an hour and a half if you're walking fast round the site but on a lovely day, you could wile away hours on end.

Thank RossCountyMan
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Reviewed 17 September 2017

It's a terrace - built above Rievaulx Abbey to show off the views of both ruins and the countryside. That is it's primary aim and it does so very well. There are two buildings built to serve those who visited the place at the time of it's creation with one open to the public at certain times and it's worth making the effort to visit at such times. There's a woodland walk with various simple activities to engage with along the way and, in September 2017, there were metal sculptures dotted around - not the usual weird oddities but things you can recognise. There's a shop, of course, but at the bottom of the hill there is a tea-room at the Abbey ruins: the journey is not a big deal by car or by foot (although the walk back up may be taxing!). As I say - know what you go to see - you go to see a view. I'd allow a couple of hours to linger on a bright dry day.

Thank Alan186346
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Reviewed 16 September 2017

Walked to Rievaulx from Helmsley (about two and a half miles each way) then up to Rievaulx Terrace. A lovely walk along the terrace first bit through woodland and then along the open terrace with fantastic view across to the abbey and the wonderful countryside. When we went there was an exhibition of metal scuptures all along the walks. This was a added bonus. A good place to find peace and quiet and contemplate. Only down side no tea room although there is a machine where you can get refreshments.

Thank susanellis2016
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Reviewed 15 September 2017

We went late one morning and parked easily before entering the small visitors centre with its gifts, coffee machine toilets and its charming and welcoming staff. For National Trust members it is free.
After a brief conversation we were informed about the best way to enjoy our visit and duly followed the very clear suggestions and ensured that we would arrive at the second temple in time to enable us to see inside as one of the staff was going over there to open it up from 12.15 to 1.00...a rare event I am informed.
The walk through the woods to the far end of the terrace is easy, level on a gravel pathway and is a pleasant fifteen minute stroll before you come to the mown grassy terrace above the river Rye.
They have made cuts through the forest clothing the steep valley side so you have a glimpse of the magnificent Abbey below but forget that for the moment and turn left and walk for five minutes to one of the temples with its tiled floor part of which has tiles some 800 years old.
Then walk back along the wide grassy terrace and as you do the vistas of the Abbey below are quite breathtaking and well worth the visit. Eventually you see the second temple, very different to the first and as promised it was open. It was a dining room and is still laid out as such with the most beautiful murals on the upper walls and ceiling and a small exhibition area in the basement.
We spent about two hours in total here and enjoyed its solitude, solemnity and the history of the place.

Thank acerfOrmby
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