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Rievaulx Terrace and Temples
Ranked #5 of 12 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 29 September 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed the walk through the wood and taking in the many interesting sculptures.
From the Tuscan temple walking along the top of the terrace to the Ionic temple, there are numerous views out to the moors and of the abbey. The Ionic temple is open for viewing and also has an exhibition underneath.
Very friendly and helpful staff here, toilets, limited facilities, small shop and adequate parking.

Date of experience: September 2017
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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).

Date of experience: September 2017
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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.

Date of experience: September 2017
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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.

Date of experience: September 2017
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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.

Date of experience: September 2017
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