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Rievaulx Abbey

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Address: Rievaulx, Helmsley YO6 5LJ, England
Phone Number: +44 1439 798228
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Am unclear why there are so many reviews criticising parking fees.... People there is a free car park (field) approximately 20 paces away! Additionally you can recoup your... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Chester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

Am unclear why there are so many reviews criticising parking fees.... People there is a free car park (field) approximately 20 paces away! Additionally you can recoup your parking charge with your entrance fee...what's not to like??? Abbey/completely free and interesting audio guide (with child friendly version) plus exhibition all in a beautiful part of the world - again, people,... More 

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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

What a beautiful place, Easter break a lovely walk from Helmsley, the little river that runs along the edge of the road to the abbey is stunning, you have to pay to enter but this is normal for heritage sites.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

That's the first words and the second words out of my mouth as I caught sight of this. It's glorious. Lots to look round and see, not just a pile of stones like you often get. It was also not too steep a walk from the visitors centre, a real plus when walking with a stick.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

A very beautiful and inspiring place. Only slight criticism was the audio guide was poor. But apart from that a would definitely recommend it.

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Herne Bay, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

English Heritage have done an excellent job of conservation and the audio tour is full of interesting information. This is a place not to be missed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We walked the 3 miles from Helmsley to Rievaulx Abbey. Even as a ruin it is vast in size. It was difficult to imagine how vast it must have been when intact. It is a monumental feat of engineering. Quite how the monks got all that stone up there is beyond me. The arched windows which remain give some insight... More 

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Oldham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

The abbey was interesting to walk around with lots of areas to discover. The remaining structures of parts of the roof and arch windows gave you a glimpse as to how beautiful it must have been when intact. There is a small museum with various pieces of information and artefacts to look at as well as a few interactive items... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

The audio guide is quite interesting as it charts the first Cistercian abbey in the north and its humble beginnings to one of the wealthiest abbeys in England to its eventual decline. The ruins are quite extensive and hauntingly beautiful. You need a good 2 hours to wonder around and listen to the audio guide. The Work of God and... More 

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Guisborough, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

What a Place! If you want peace and quiet this is the place to come to. We arrived very soon after opening, and learned from another visitor that if you are going to theAbbey the car park is FREE. Marvellous. You have to collect a parking tticket from the Ticket Office. The ruins themselves are absolutely amazing, to think they... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Staggeringly beautiful Abbey which must have been stunning in its day. Take your time going round it and use the Audio Tour as its full of information. Use the cafe as the money you spend in there is used for the upkeep of the site and without English Heritage this place would not exist as it is today. Small tip!... More 

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