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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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London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
15 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

A classic English Heritage ruined abbey with interesting exhibitions on its history. The tea room makes an excellent bacon sandwich! You can sit outside and eat in the shadow of the abbey in close to an idyllic setting.

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South Wales
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

We were camped near to here and it was the first place we visited on our holiday to the North York Moors, and what a great start! The abbey appears out of nowhere as you turn the corner on the small road if you approach from the south and it continues to impress when you enter the reasonably-priced site and... More

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Quiet, peaceful and great for the kids to explore. Great tea room as well perfect after an afternoon exploring.

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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

We just called in for a cream tea with a view, which was very good and pleasant in the sun on the terrace. We will be back for a full visit which includes an audio tour.

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

After visiting Fountains Abbey and Bolton Abbey many times over the years, I never expected to discover another abbey in Yorkshire that would surpass them, both in the beauty of the surroundings and in the quality of its presentation. I visited Rievaulx Abbey with my wife and 17 year old son and we were all equally impressed with the well... More

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Stamford, United Kingdom
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76 reviews 76 reviews
15 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Wonderful morning here. Car parking directly outside, your £4 refunded when you buy your entry tickets. Small exhibition, you can also have a free audio tour, we paid £3.99 for a souvenir guide book. Peaceful setting (although lots of dogs barking from nearby houses for some reason)! The refectory & chapter house were particularly interesting. The troughs still exist in... More

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Great Ayton, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 via mobile

Have been before but thought I would put on a review. This is a beautiful place and the site is well managed by EH. Six year old thought it was the best climbing place in the world. Great that EH refund the parking even for members - would recommend a visit

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Atlanta, Georgia
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28 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Probably the most stunning part of this was the journey and drive down to it. Very quaint and charming English village ends with this attraction. Seem to be a hiking park or outdoors running trails available as well. The ruins are basically a walk-about with audio tour at your own pace. Grab a good weathered day and your camera and... More

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London, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
8 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Really enjoyed visiting this English Heritage site. We went first thing on a Monday morning - hardly anyone there when it opened. Great photos, and lots of interesting history. Good facilities, parking and shop

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

I was surprised at the size of the site. really easy to imagine what life would have been like and the audio guide is excellent. Beautiful aspects from all sides and luscious green grass underneath where the floors would once have been. I like the way you could sit and rest against the stones, you really felt part of the... More

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