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Rievaulx Terrace and Temples

Rievaulx, Helmsley YO62 5LJ, England
44-1439-748-283
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Ranked #5 of 11 Attractions in Helmsley
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
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... more » 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. « less
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Burnley. Lancashire. England
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41 reviews 41 reviews
17 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Lovely walks and views but the main attraction was the grass terrace which was cut out by hand, the ceiling in the round Tuscan Temple, it was amazing. an at the other en was the Ionic temple where the family used to dine with friends. Both these temples and grounds were and still are owned by the same family that... More

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Windsor, England
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106 reviews 106 reviews
11 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Its a grass walk along a ridge created to allow a nice view by the gentry and their guests at Duncombe. A couple of follies shaped as temples create a point of interest and the ceilings have been painted with typical cherub scenes. Views over the abbey below. A nice short walk if you are an NT member already but... More

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London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Peaceful walk and marvellous view of the abbey. The ionic temple didn't hold a huge amount of interest but the half mile walk followed by a woodland return stroll more than made up for it.

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Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

On a large family day out to Helmsley, we stopped off at The Terrace and temples for a walk, ostensibly to let the children stretch their legs. It was some years since I had been, and was really impressed with how beautifully the grounds are kept. We timed our visit well, by coincidence, and wee able to look inside the... More

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40 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Nice short woodland walk which brings you out to beautiful views across the countryside and down to Rievaulx Abbey. Nice walks but nothing much to see really, was put off by the way the NT guide said "I can tell you now you're not wearing your shoes in the temple". A polite "would you mind removing your shoes" would have... More

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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Although you can view the abbey you cannot go to it as the terrace is national trust and the abbey is english heritage you can still have lots of fun with nature. Car parking good could do with a cafe however accept probably not busy enough and helmsley not far away. Toilets clean and staff friendly. Lots of adventures for... More

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Seattle, Washington
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36 reviews 36 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Imagine, walking through the woods then discovering wood stumps for children to walk on plus a bonus for adults - leaning stakes that allow you to relax and look into the sky! Fun! Then, we walked out on the beautifully maintained terrace with two temples on either end. Absolutely amazing. As we walked from one temple to the other, there... More

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Ossett, United Kingdom
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23 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Visited here with our National Trust pass and tied it in with a visit to Nunnington Hall nearby. The positives: If you are looking for a short trip then this is ideal. It is a very short walk through the woods to the terrace itself from where there are numerous great views over Rievaulx Abbey. The walk between the two... More

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Bridlington, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

A lovely place, but to be honest very limited! a grassy walk between the 2 temples, a woodland walk and a view to the abbey. Not nearly enough picnic facilities and maybe i missed it but nowhere to get a hot drink despite what the attractions leaflet said. Enjoyed the childrens theatre activities and brilliant staff- son (13) would have... More

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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19 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This is a terrace so a large section of the hillside was excavated years ago by the owners of Duncomeb Hall nearby so they can exercise and impress their visitors. A long crassed leave lined terrace of some distance with two temples at either end, one you can go into at certain times but the other is closed as it... More

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