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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
Type: Ancient Ruins
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

What can we say? An excellent visit - superb exhibition - well considered and succeeds in aiming at adults and children alike without being patronising. Beautifully maintained grounds and the ruins themselves are truly awesome - we were surprised that so much was left standing. Very peaceful when we visited which was a bonus - able to walk around and... More

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

A very interesting ruin with a good exhibition of artefacts found on the site and an explanation of the monks' daily lives. A free audio guide was available which gave interesting facts about the site and the history of the abbey. Definitely worth a visit but arrive early as the car park can fill up fast.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

very good walked here from helmsley and back via the terraces, good views back and a great way to spend the day, easy walking around the abbey informative litre exhibit regarding the history, footpaths there and back also very easy and saves trying to find a parking space at the abbey which was very limited

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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Liked everything the grounds are well kept and the place is steeped in history. It doesn't matter if you go here in the summer or winter it is a place to definitely see with the family.

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Brussels, Belgium
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Thr ruins of this once massive abbey are in a lovely location and the views and site are marvellous. The audiotour and exhibition both give good explanations of what life was like in the abbey and (a rather totalitarian system, one doctrine, total obedience, or else...) and of its history.

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Bolton
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014 via mobile

Must go if in the area, fantastic setting and great vibes from a hidden abbey at the bottom of a valley. Go on a sunny day to take in a walk and really appreciate the surrounding countryside.

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

We visited on a wet winter afternoon, but were given a warm welcome by the friendly staff. It's somewhere I've wanted to visit for a long time, and we were not disappointed. We enjoyed our visit, and would highly recommend that you don't miss the (indoor) exhibition, and certainly make full use of the audio guide. It's not the best... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

On a rainy day, the sun came out and glistened off the ruins, looked brilliant. Building must have been truly epic in its hey day, but sad to see the scale of destruction. Henry XIII has a lot to answer for. Well worth a visit. Have £4 change for car park which is reimbursed on purchase of entry/membership card.

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York, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

An incredibly atmospheric location for what I think to be the most attractive ruined abbey . . .set in a lovely valley . . .I had been there before but a while back so a revisit was a must. We were greeted by cheerful staff and everything was to see was explained and an audio tour was offered . .... More

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Chippenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

We visited here over Christmas, and it was quiet so lovely and relaxing to walk round. It is set in a beautiful valley, great for children to learn about how the monks lived and the audio guides that are free are very useful. The gentleman that served us was very helpful indeed and so friendly! In fact all the staff... More

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