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“Lovely ruin”
Review of Rievaulx Abbey

Rievaulx Abbey
Ranked #2 of 22 things to do in Helmsley
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 10 April 2018

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 appreciated. We had opted to stay at English Heritage cottage on site which allowed us unlimited access to the abbey outside public opening times and it was a wonderful experience to wander round the site in isolation and at different times of day - very peaceful and atmospheric, a lovely place to visit

Thank elle090
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Reviewed 9 April 2018

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 price.

Thank badcompany31
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Reviewed 7 April 2018

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 6 April 2018 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 6 April 2018 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 we went so had to park on the road as the car park isn't big enough when it's public holidays.
Enjoyed the visit despite the good old British bank holiday weather!

Thank holidayerNorthWales
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