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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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It Takes Your Breath Away

What a beautiful place. The Abbey is one of the most magnificent ruins which you will ever see, set in valley of such beauty, especially on a brilliantly sunny day in April... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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Polegate, United Kingdom
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Polegate, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
18 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

What a beautiful place. The Abbey is one of the most magnificent ruins which you will ever see, set in valley of such beauty, especially on a brilliantly sunny day in April with the birds singing and the trees about to burst forth into leaf.

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brighouse
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

First time here as English Heritage members.20 4.2015 at 4pm. Glorious sunshine so the ruins seen to thier best,The peole in the centre were really helpful and the audio guides are excellant BUT please do buy the main guide as you get so much more out of your visit as lookingg at the plans allows you to better understand the... More 

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wigan
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50 reviews 50 reviews
6 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

We just loved this place. I visited in the 60s as a schoolboy and perhaps didn,t appreciate it. The whole place has an unworldly atmosphere and is bursting with history. We so admired the detail in the stonework and the craftsmen who carved them. Great museum and visitor centre on site.

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York, United Kingdom
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37 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Small and busy pay and display car park which we couldn't get into but there is parking on the small street. Noticed a cafe which looked nice and a well stocked gift shop. The abbey is spectatcular. So well preserved and is expansive. Really loved it.

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Ampthill, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

I arrived at 9.30am (the site opens at 10am) and spent time taking photos from different angles along the valley. The abbey ruins are spectacular and I recommend the permanent exhibition as the start point for your visit - I went round it twice. It is well worth taking the free audio tour as you can listen to as much... More 

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Shrewbury
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

This is a truly remarkable place to visit. The location is truly beautiful and the ruins of The Abbey are quite awe inspiring. Do take the free audio tour as it brings the amazing history of the building to life. The staff are so helpful and it was a wonderful trip.

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Baldock, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
14 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

English Heritage don't sex up their sites. Feel the atmosphere in this place. Wonderful. Simply wonderful. A few contributors have written poor reviews, I suppose if you are deficient in the brain department or need force feeding information, or just plain thick ... Well: they might not be impressed I wouldn't want to associate with them anyway

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Beautiful, peaceful location and well worth a detour if you're in the area. Audio guides helpful in explaining the site. Nice cafe too.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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77 reviews 77 reviews
28 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Wanted to visit here for ages but our diaries are always packed anyway made a bit of space and yay we were on our way. Stayed in Helmsley and walked the 3 mile along Cleveland Way to Rievaulx (if it has been raining take the car, Cleveland Way not well maintained like other paths and it was slippy muddy -... More 

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Grimsby, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

It is easy to see why the monks chose this beautiful location to settle. It is a slice of heaven, very peaceful and worth a visit.

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