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Rievaulx Abbey

Address: Rievaulx, Helmsley YO6 5LJ, England
Phone Number: +44 1439 798228
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Ranked #2 of 12 Attractions in Helmsley
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Sights & Landmarks

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Stanwick, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
39 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

As an aficionado of historic abbey ruins - I would have to say that this is one of the best! The ruins are simply breathtaking and the overall history is really interesting. While a bit out of the way from the tourism of York, this is absolutely worth the 30 minute or so drive to see a bit of English... More 

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Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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58 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

nice indoor place with history and added information; good hide out from the rain. Nothing to dislike.

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28 reviews 28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We stopped off on the way back from Scarborough on a frosty but sunny morning. The scale of the abbey is hard to imagine in such a peaceful setting, absolutely beautiful. The audio tape allows you to enjoy the site at your own pace. We decide to join English Heritage on site this time. Nice big pot of tea in... More 

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Swadlincote, United Kingdom
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234 reviews 234 reviews
107 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

We have actually not visited the Abbey as such. Stopped at it, took a look at the entry price and then on top of that a 4 pound parking fee, nearly 18 pounds for 2 people, sorry, it's pretty but we thought that being too much. If you don't mind paying the price, it's worth the stop as what we... More 

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

Hi, Thanks for your review. I am sorry you didn't choose to visit the site before reviewing it or at least speak to a member of staff as we would have been able to correct your inaccurate calculations. We struggle to understand your choice to leave a review without actually entering the site in question to see it for yourself.... More 

London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

We visited Rievaulx Abbey as part part of a walk we'd found online. The path took us from the centre of Helmsley in a route that looped around the abbey. It's is absolutely stunning, there is something completely magical about the ruins and you can walk up and around the hills behind. Lovely walk and day out!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Just been today first time to the carol event and it will not be our last cold and dry weather but the singing kept us warm and the host made us smile... don't tell everyone I want to get a space next year and the year after.., and so on :)

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Thirsk, United Kingdom
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8 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Anyone who enjoys eclesastical architecture will be thoroughly pleased at visiting this monument! The volunteers could not have been more helpful with the giving of information about the Abbey's place in Yorkshire's history

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York, United Kingdom
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

I must admit to not really being that enthused about spending an afternoon here, but how wrong I was!! It's the sort of place that you could spend an hour or 6 hours depending on how much you want to get out of your visit. The ruins themselves are majestic and the autumn colours on the surrounding hillside are simply... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

The size of the abbey is breathtaking. And in the mist of a crisp November day it was really very beautiful. The audio tour is a must as it is very informative of the life of the abbey and about the dissolution of the monasteries

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Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

My mum and I followed an old pilgrimage walk from Helmsley to the abbey which was really nice. Stunning ruins and interesting history. The village is also quaint and worth a walk around.

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