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Rievaulx Abbey

Rievaulx, Helmsley YO6 5LJ, England
+44 1439 798228
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Ranked #2 of 11 Attractions in Helmsley
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins
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Solihull, United Kingdom
19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

Enjoyed a glass of wine and a light lunch in the café before exploring grounds Walked from Helmsley well worth the visit Dog welcome

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Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
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91 reviews 91 reviews
18 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

This is a well preserved ruin with an interesting visitor centre to be visited before touring the building. Do take the audio guide. Our visit was spoilt by the grotty toilets in the car park and someone needs to tell those responsible for this disaster area that if you charge £4 for parking you really should be able to expect... More

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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175 reviews 175 reviews
26 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Nice walk around this area Lots of pheasants, a nun spoilt piece of England Give a try Also the old drovers road was breezy and wind swept and the forests were mostly old deciduous

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57 reviews 57 reviews
21 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 via mobile

Truly beautiful ruins, nestled in a picturesque wooded valley. We started our visit with coffee and cakes in the excellent tea room. Then we visited the exhibition centre which gave an insight into the daily lives of the monks. Then on to the ruins, which are so photogenic. We spent a few hours just wandering the site whilst listening to... More

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Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
16 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We walked to Rievaulx from Helmsley, which is almost three miles away, mostly along the Cleveland Way. We rewarded ourselves on arrival with tea and cake in the café, which was good although our table was slightly grubby. Then we went through the shop to the museum building. This houses some artefacts from the site, and an excellent exhibition about... More

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Westcliff-on-Sea, United Kingdom
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

We arrived at the Abbey on a very sunny afternoon,was absolutely breath taken, was truly amazing,a great place to visit,albeit ruins still very much of it remains,the sheer hight of it alone is a wonder in itself,definitely one not to miss

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Winnipeg, Canada
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30 reviews 30 reviews
26 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Definitely one of the highlights of our three week trip through the UK. We arrived in the early morning, on a misty day which promised sunshine. I only mention this as I feel this contributed to the eeriness and mystique of the place. Informative interpretative centre, great audio tour...would highly recommend to anyone. We had free entry and free parking... More

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Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
17 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

If you aren't a member of English heritage or don't want to pay to enter the visitor centre and use the audio guide there is a free entrance from the main road through the village. Either way, the ruin is of fine quality and you can easily spend an hour or two looking into each vestibule and imagine yourself in... More

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ValentineKing, Public Relations Manager at Rievaulx Abbey, responded to this review

Hi, We're glad you enjoyed the site. The "free" entrance you mention is not a free entrance, it is the drive and private grounds of a house in the village so by entering the abbey this way you were not only choosing to ignore the "No entry - Private" sign and ignoring the actual entrance to the site, you were... More

Nelson, New Zealand
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160 reviews 160 reviews
54 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

There is no question about it: you have to find Rievaulx and spend some time there. Find may be the operative word here because Rievaulx Abbey can only be accessed via REAL country lanes, through REAL country villages, by car or on foot. However you get there, it is a must. The ruins of the abbey are stunning. Set in... More

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Pickering, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

The abbey is in surprisingly good condition, more intact than many. The grounds are not extensive, but the audio tour is great and the setting is simply beautiful. We'll be back. So should you.

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