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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
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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Leeds, United Kingdom
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75 reviews 75 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

We visited it after spending a couple of hours at the nearby Nunnington Hall. It is a short walk through nice woods, and the views of the abbey are lovely. We were also lucky enough to be there when the biggest of the temples was open. The peinted ceiling is beautiful, and the exhibition about the making of the terrace... More

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ne england
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

2 sweet temples, one with a National Trust guide who was so full of information [thank you Anne Russell]. A short walk from one to the other, a very interesting little museum at one. Beautiful views of Rievaulx where the horse statue stands, nice forest statues in the woods. We loved it, and the staff were so cheery in spite... More

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Oldham, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

The experience that is Rievaulx Terrace and Temples is a walk, through very sparse woodland, which contains a few pieces of modern art. There are two temples, one at either side of a flat grassy area (probably slightly larger than a football pitch), and these buildings themselves are not particularly large, so not very much to see in them. The... More

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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

This is worth a visit just for the stunning view. If you are lucky enough to go on a clear day as we were, you really can see for miles and see how beautiful the landscape is in this part of the world. The view of the abbey is great & the temples themselves are a really good example.

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Dursley, United Kingdom
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

Not a great deal to see on the site but the views are stunning. It shows the full layout of the Abbey site from above and emphasizes just what a community it must have been. The woodland walk was very pleasant with the leaves just starting to turn. We loved the wire animals even though we don't usually like such... More

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Stuart, FL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

We had been in the UK for six weeks by the time we went to Helmsley and had explored many abbey ruins in Scotland and England, thanks to Henry VIII, so we opted to see them from the terrace rather than up close. We are so glad we did. It was a very interesting vantage point, especially when you consider... More

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Watford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

Being NT members and getting in free this is a great way to see the Abbey without paying English Heritage! We were surprised to have a fly past from low flying RAF aircraft...

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Brighouse, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

The walk around the terrace was excellent and the temples really interesting. Worth the visit. The animals made out of wire were most unusual.

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Bangor, United Kingdom
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

we had just joined the national trust and been to Nunnington so thought we'd call in for a look, nice walk round the woods and stunning views over the abbey. lovely way to pass an hour or too and a lovely place for a picnic... weather permitting

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cheshire
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

Why, when I travel round the country why do I listen to the wife and fall for this nonsense which is neither an attraction, a revelation, historic, picturesque or even a good walk. Its a bit of a wood surrounding a lawn with a fake temple at either end. It must have been so boring in the past that some... More

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