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Rievaulx Terrace and Temples

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Address: Rievaulx, Helmsley YO62 5LJ, England
Phone Number: 44-1439-748-283
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Description: Located in the village of Helmsley, visit the Rievaulx Abbey and its two...
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.
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Woodland walk with sculptures dotted around was pleasantly cool on a hot summer day. Beautiful views of the abbey from above. Fairly typical National Trust shop has the usual... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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Ardrossan, United Kingdom
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Ardrossan, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Woodland walk with sculptures dotted around was pleasantly cool on a hot summer day. Beautiful views of the abbey from above. Fairly typical National Trust shop has the usual variety of products.

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Durham, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

This is basically a walk through the woods until you come out onto a terrace where you can look down onto Rievaulx Abbey, there is no access from the terrace to the Abbey. There are a couple of small temples but these are not particularly interesting. Another place to tick off if you are a National Trust member but not... More 

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Thirsk, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Took the dog here for a nice relaxing walk. Free for national trust members and free car park. Nice walk with good views of the abbey. Was nice to see all the sculptures. Only round 30 mins spent here but nice for a little stop off. Kids adventure parts available.

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West Yorkshire, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We were lucky with the weather so had amazing views of Rievaulx below when we visited. The art/sculpture exhibition (temporary) was a bit crap but the woodland walk was really pleasant and the terrace itself delightful. It's a shame that the National Trust and English Heritage (or more specifically the Abbey and the Terrace) don't work better together and offer... More 

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North Wales
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Always a great place for a peaceful walk, to reflect on the abbey below and wonderful surrounding countryside. This year all this is complemented by some amazing and thought-provoking sculptures: fascinating!

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Oegstgeest, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Great views on Rieveaulx Abbey. In spring, this place offers even more with the cowslips and snowdrops.

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Really not sure how they could justify the charge if not a NT member. We travelled a long way and stayed about 45 minutes. My husband did find the information interesting and the conceit of the very rich to build this just to create a view was intriguing. It did put some of the early concepts of garden design into... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

We walked from Helmsley on a clearly marked track which lead us to the Abbey. The audio to accompany the entrance ticket was informative and the grounds were well kept. The Abbey is stunning! We had coffee and cakes outside taking in the view. The scones & lemon curd cake were very good.

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Very impressed with the friendliness of the staff - we were given a sculpture trail leaflet and advised to go to the temple first as it can be only open for limited times to prevent damage to the wonderful ceiling paintings. Wow they were stunning and we were able to talk to a very knowledgeable guide. Then there is a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

This place is stunning. We were in Helmsley and as I'm a member of the National Trust we thought we'd pop in. Wow we didn't expect what we found. A lovely walk through the woods onto the terraces. The place is well maintained and gives stunning views. The current sculptures only add to the experience, wondering what will be round... More 

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