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Rievaulx Terrace and Temples

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Address: Rievaulx, Helmsley YO62 5LJ, England
Phone Number: 44-1439-748-283
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Located in the village of Helmsley, visit the Rievaulx Abbey and its two...

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.

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We all enjoyed this walk in the woods, staff were very friendly and gave us loads of information. Temples were beautiful and great views of the Abbey. The children made story... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 19, 2015
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Dumfries and Galloway, United Kingdom
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Manchester, UK
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62 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

This is one of the National Trust sites which is definitely undersold in its list of places to visit. It's a woodland walk leading to a massive - really massive - grassed bank which forms a wide terrace overlooking the abbey. Strategically placed sculptures add to the mystery and beauty of this place. We spent ages here, reflecting on the... More 

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Barrow-upon-Humber
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80 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

A wonderful place for a stroll which will take in woodland, follies and beautiful views of the ruins below.

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Thank Trevor M
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81 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 207 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Small walk with a couple of temples and beautiful views of Rievaulx abbey, nothing great and about an hour or so to see the lot. Bear in mind the abbey itself is part of National Heritage so another entry fee/ Pass is needed, quite weird to see two completely different companies in charge of the same set of buildings. Also... More 

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Edinburgh, Scotland
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23 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

A must visit, beautiful views and steeped in interesting history. The staff were exceptionally friendly and well informed.

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Dumfries and Galloway, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

We all enjoyed this walk in the woods, staff were very friendly and gave us loads of information. Temples were beautiful and great views of the Abbey. The children made story sticks and enjoyed some colouring in the information centre.

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Thank Emma M
Antipolo City, Philippines
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49 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

There is not really a lot to see for an attraction but what there is to see is very worth while. The walk through the woods is tranquil, the opening to the grassed terrace quite inspiring, the view from the terraces of the ruined abbey below simply amazing. There are 2 temeples one at either end of the terrace which... More 

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Franklin, Tennessee
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277 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

My wife and I enjoyed strolling through the high meadows of the Terrace and having a guided tour of one of the temples - this area in its day was the Disneyworld Equivalent for the upper classes.

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Beverley, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

From a bygone age when the local aristos could order a major folly to be created to entertain their guests. And gosh did they know what they were doing. The most beautiful and extraordinary views over Riveaulx and beyond. Well worth a visit.

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

After visiting Rievaulx Abbey we decided to see what the terrace and temples had to offer. We were very pleasantly surprised to find a really interesting place . There was lots of surprising things to find and look for in the woods and the views down to the Abbey were amazing. This place is well worth a visit .

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Sharpsburg, Georgia
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

Never have I found, in the 7 trips I have made to the UK, which total a year in time when combined, have I seen anything more lovely, captivating and extraordinarily beautiful than the Riveaulx Abbey. And the view from the Terrace and Temples is simply the icing on the cake. I have been 4 times, having seen it for... More 

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