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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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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

We planned a trip just to visit the abbey. It quite a long drive but it was worth it. My son love it as it was full of adventure for him. A great details of history here. The complex quite a big area to see. Some of the path is not accessible for buggy.

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

What a lovely place to pass some time! The drive to the Abbey is a bit nerve wracking(all very narrow country lanes and very steep-first and second gear stuff so not for the faint hearted!)The restraunt is very clean and pleasant and serves locally sourced food.The surrounding area is out of this world. Go on, spoil yourself, go and see... More

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Bristol
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

It's in a lovely location and is a great monument to wealth, devotion and seclusion. One highlight was the friendly chicken who was more interesting than many of the low wall remains. However, it is a fascinating place, and the lunch in the modern day refrectory was good too. Remember that the £4 parking fee is refundable and you can... More

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Thetford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

I have been to many abbey ruins and this, by far, has been the most magnificent! It is a little off the beaten path but well worth the trip. The view of the country coupled with the historic ruins just tops any trip to the north.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

An awe inspiring magnificent ruin in the midst of the wonderful Yorkshire countryside. We stopped here on a Sunday and we warmly welcomed by the English Heritage staff. The audio guide is interesting and most informative but even without it you can get a real feel for the majesty that this abbey must have once conveyed. And to make the... More

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Sudbury, MA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

So glad we stopped here on advice of a friend from England. The drive through the moors alone made it worthwhile. Not much of the abbey is preserved but you can't help but get a curious sense of what life must have been like for those monks so many hundreds of years ago. The booklet describing the abbey is a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Rievaulx Abbey is a great place to walk to from Helmsley if you like a good walk. It is about 3 1/2 miles along the Cleveland Way, with some spectacular views of the area. The area in which the Abbey is situated is peaceful and picturesque, and the exhibition gives you a taste of what life was like before the... More

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We had a good wander around, staff were informative. A magical place. The audio was clear to use and useful and the grounds very well maintained.

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Aylesbury, Bucks
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Peaceful, well kept, excellent facilities, toilets and refreshments. Car park fee redeemable on entry fee to Abbey. No negative points. A much larger site than you expect.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

The Abbey is actually a "ruin" but the stones and layout make it clear to understand what the purpose and use of the buildings was for. The high walls of the church are incredible with the gothic window openings. I would recommend you take the "Audio tour" as the signage provides minimal information. This is a lovely location set in... More

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