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“Peace and a wonderful view.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Rievaulx Terrace and Temples

Rievaulx Terrace and Temples
Rievaulx, Helmsley YO62 5LJ, England
44-1439-748-283
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Ranked #5 of 11 attractions in Helmsley
Type: Historic Sites
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Owner description: Located in the village of Helmsley, visit the Rievaulx Abbey and its two 18th-century temples, one of which is the splendid Ionic Temple with its intricate ceiling paintings and 17th-century furniture.
leeds
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“Peace and a wonderful view.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

You approach the terrace via a walk in the woods. In June this is a treat in itself but right now there is an exhibition by Emma Stothard of her animals woven from willow or wire to add to the experience.
The terrace itself is a broad expanse of lawn bordered by trees on the one side and the drop down to the abbey on the other. Both temples are worth a visit, the one nearest the gate (ionic) is opened for visits from time to time during the day so ask for the schedule and prepare for a bonus. If it's a nice day take a picnic as there are plenty of benches and acres of grass to sit on. If you like just sitting and looking at the view then this is the place for you.

Visited June 2013
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Kiveton Park
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“Stunning Views”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

A lovely day to visit but pick a good day.
About half an hour after our arrival, the weather turned very cold. Being dressed for summer weather, we decided to curtail our visit. This was not before we had a chance to see the stunning views over the Abbey in the valley below. looking forward to a re-visit, weather permitting.
One minor criticism, the facilities at the entrance are limited with no refreshments, however, there are refreshment facilities provided by English Heritage. These are located at the valley bottom near the abbey (not visited).

Visited May 2013
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leeds
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“Pleasnet walk and views”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

An quiet place with surprises. Two small temples, which can be accessed if on a guided tour which takes place at regular intervals, are . compact but interesting. The views over Rievaulx Abbey are stunning and the gardens are attractive.

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“Lovely walk on a lovely day”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

A walk along the terrace gives lovely views of the Abbey in the valley below. Our return walk through the woods was made even nicer by the sculpture being displayed at present. You do need a good day though as there is little shelter.

Visited May 2013
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“HIDDEN GEM”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

My sister and I left Goathland after having stayed overnight at our lovely Heatherdene guest house and thought we might explore new surroundings. Having reckindled my love of walking we decided to drive to Helmsley near York. We first parked in Helmsley town centre which is only small but what a beautiful well kept little village with its querky little gift shops and cafes. After we'd purchased our lunch to take on our walk we drove to Duncombe Park.There are waymarked walks, discovery trails and orienteering courses for all ages which explore the woodlands, river valley, meadows, woodland skyline and commercial forestry. After walking several miles on the mapped route I looked up and saw the the stunning remains of Rievaulx Abbey. It is a reminder of the scale of what was once the wealthiest Abbey in England. It runs along side the river Rye and down at the bottom there is a Heritage gift and coffee shop which I have to say make the best carrot cake. All in all we had a lovely day and I really do think this is well worth a visit, especially if you have young children.

Visited May 2013
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