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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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I've seen it on TV but in real life it is vast and majestic, situated in the middle of peaceful countryside. There is a small car park in front of the visitor's centre, for which... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

I've seen it on TV but in real life it is vast and majestic, situated in the middle of peaceful countryside. There is a small car park in front of the visitor's centre, for which you pay £4, but you get that refunded when you go into the Abbey. There is a free audio guide which takes you around and... More 

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Guisborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

The old abbeys in Yorkshire are amazing. Just bring to life how people lived and worked. Rievaulx has a useful audio tour so easy to learn all about it.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

Yet another great place to visit whilst in the Helmsley area ..... a short walk from Helmsley leads to this lovely historical site.... if you cannot walk too well , then a very short drive will take you to a parking area which is very close to this lovely abbey ! A vey enjoyable experience and a lovelu tranquil and... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

I love old abbeys and this one felt magical. The remaining abbey in the middle of a green field seemed miraculous that it still stands. If you have an appreciation for monastic architecture, you have to visit Rievaulx. Its easy to imagine monks eating in the Refectory or meeting in the Chapter House. It is a nice quaint drive from... More 

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Great ruins to explore and run around in a peaceful valley. The approach is great. A great place for the kids to run around safely and explore.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Our yearly visit to Rievaulx makes the start of our north Yorkshire holiday. Set in a peaceful valley. It's a great place to go surrounded by standing views and bird song. Take up the offer of the free Audio guide as its helpful in working out the full history of the site and how its once looked. A great place... More 

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

stop off for coffee can't beet a national trust cafe. but had a lovely time walking round the abbey and little museum thank's to secret Britain on the BBC

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

With what is going on elsewhere in the world with the trashing of cultural features there is a poignancy at seeing what has happened here in the UK to our own heritage. Ruins rarely figure (at least for me) in terms of interest without good interpretation and there isn't much static interpretation here - perhaps 'should have gone to audio... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

The abbey was spectacular in the early morning sun and the audio guide gave a real sense of the living place and it's inhabitants. Lots of room to explore, a good café and shop and very informative guides.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

We came all the way from London to see the place. It was massive and wonderful! For ruin lovers, you must see this. Ask for an audio guide (free) if you are interested, although there are historical panels found in the area. It is an English Heritage site so members are free (I think it was £6 for non-members). Car... More 

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Address: Address: Rievaulx, Helmsley YO6 5LJ, England
Phone Number: +44 1439 798228
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Yorkshire  >  North Yorkshire  >  Helmsley

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