Rievaulx Terrace and Temples

Rievaulx Terrace and Temples

Rievaulx Terrace and Temples
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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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  • PMQuestions
    North Yorkshire, United Kingdom33,339 contributions
    Lovely summer afternoon stroll
    Currently you are asked to prebook and it's only open the first weekend in the month, although when we were there on a Sunday afternoon the car park was perhaps half full. Great views and top rate staff to meet and greet. They hope to open more often and allow access to the temples later this year. Fascinating story - the site was built purely for entertaining, it has never been a home - consumption on the grand scale! Now a lovely, basically flat walk: allow 45 minutes -or longer if you take a picnic.
    Visited June 2021
    Written June 6, 2021
  • Faye
    York, United Kingdom19 contributions
    Amazing
    Walked to Rievaulx Abbey from Helmsley and it was an amazing walk, took longer there than to get back. When we got to the Abbey were greeted by a wonderful lady who seemed to absolutely love the place and told us everything we needed to know. It made a lovely change to have someone so interested in their job and where they work, she was a credit to the place. After our long walk we sat down and refuelled in the nice cafe they have there. Then we got down to the reason why we’d gone there which was to take pictures. It was wonderful to walk around and for photography, you are just in awe of what it looks like now, still, let alone what it would have looked like when first built. We walked for a couple of hours, although we were taking lots of photos and then back to the cafe to refuel before our walk back. The food was wonderful, my mum had a vegetarian stew which came in a huge granary loaf and was beautiful and I had a lovely homemade soup with granary bread. If just hit the spot before setting off back to Helmsley. I would highly recommend, both walking to the Abbey but also if you were to drive and spend a few hours walking round. There is also a museum we didn’t get to go in but we were short on time as we didn’t want to be walking back in the dark.
    Visited January 2020
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 26, 2020
  • vivEngland
    Preston, United Kingdom770 contributions
    Gorgeous Ceiling
    It doesn't take very long to walk around it but there are really lovely views and it was interesting looking down at the Rivielaux Abbey as you walked along the grassed terrace between each temple. You couldn't go in one of the Temples but could have a look through the windows and there was a mirror to help you see the ceilings better. The other temple however is gorgeous and you can go inside and have a look at the beautiful ceiling and some furniture with a table laid out with a colourful table service. The owner lived at Duncombe House a couple of miles away and decided to build the temples and grassy terrace to impress guests as he took them for a drive through in a carriage. Don't miss having a look at the exhibition underneath this temple.
    Visited June 2022
    Written June 10, 2022
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Lushlife
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Aug 2023 • Couples
We paid just shy of £15 for two of us and spent less than 30 minutes there. There is nothing great about this at all and certainly massively overpriced for what you see. The woods are overgrown and full of nettles. The open green grassy area is vast but once you’ve seen the view of the Abbey ruins and looked at the temple building that is it. It’s like strolling on a golf course. We found this to be one of the most disappointing natural trust attractions ever visited. Very glad not to have children with us, they would have been very bored.
Written August 28, 2023
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danielgraham1989
Chandler’s Ford, UK204 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
Absolutely stunning location with spectacular views. Really peaceful and tranquil to wander along the terrace between the two temples and admire the views. The main temple was stunning inside and the guide present was really helpful in telling us a brief overview of the history. Really enjoyable time spent in nature and exploring this stunning location. Highly recommended.
Written September 2, 2023
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Brecken76
184 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Helpful staff. Lovely walk through the woods on a well maintained path. Beautiful views down to Rievaulx Abbey from the Terrace. The temples are interesting and the guide in the Ionic Temple very informative about the furniture and decor which is surprisingly intact. A little difficult to find but it is signed off the main road and there is ample parking when you get there. It isn’t open every day so we felt fortunate to visit on a clear, sunny, spring morning.
Written April 23, 2022
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Chaz-b98
Birmingham, UK469 contributions
Jul 2019
Take the woodland walk to the end of the terrace, then stroll back along the grass, enjoying the views of the abbey below. Pick your visiting time carefully and you get to see inside the dining temple, well worth it. Very helpful staff. No cafe, but there is a coffee mahine in the ticket office.
Written March 5, 2020
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LynnieCrediton
Crediton, UK34 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
My husband and I stumbled on this NT site by accident. Our good fortune.If you enjoy peaceful stunning scenery, great views of Rivaulx Abbey and stepping back in time, you'll love it as much as we did. Two 'temples' whose stories were brought alive by the friendly and enthusiastic team. I'm sure families would enjoy visits as much as we retirees did.
Written March 3, 2020
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Liam G
York, UK97 contributions
May 2021
Delighted to be finally able to visit this gem again. Just what we need as we start to leave this unpleasant experience. Was closed for all of last year which was regrettable. Hopefully, this does not happen again as best endeavors should be made to keep this vital piece of nature open. It offers a lovely walk through woodland, delightfully peaceful and then nice views of the Abbey which thankfully was open for much of last year.
Written May 4, 2021
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Madalyn H
Huddersfield, UK1,902 contributions
May 2021
The grounds ae in excellent condition and the banks of primroses and cowslips, with some orchids are looking good. A pity that now only open 2 days per month. Perhaps more openings could be considered in the spring for the flowers which are quite special?
Written May 1, 2021
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david221b
Driffield, UK275 contributions
Apr 2013 • Couples
BE Afraid - be very afraid...IF you want to pay (this season) the normal adult price...the staff will NOT offer you the chance to pay the £5.20 entry fee....they will spend 7-8 minutes talking NON STOP about the benefits of being members of the National Trust...then, when U are "lost" with all that they have spoken about...they will put £5.75 into the cash machine and ask you to pay this...WITHOUT offering the alternative...then ask you to complete a form allowing them to claim the tax back on the £5.75, which is the price WITH GIFT AID anyway....We found our visit here to be very disturbing at a time of recession and would urge (URGE) others to avoid whilst the 2 young people who are the current staff move elsewhere...Siberia (would be 1 suggestion i would make)...sorry NT, never done this before...but you are as bad as SSE...i wont be visiting again any time soon..nor recommending
Written April 3, 2013
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itsfredlife
Brough, UK119 contributions
Sep 2012 • Couples
Having been to fountains Abby ( which is great ) a few months earlier this place was a pointless let down. £11 for two of us, if it had been £1 each I would have no complaints but £11 for a 10 min walk and a look at 2 very ordinary buildings that have no special qualities is a rip off. The national trust should be ashamed to charge £5.50 per head for this experience and the posertive
Written September 2, 2012
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Riotstar
United Kingdom5,631 contributions
Be sure to wear your walking boots or wellies if you visit in the wetter months, but the ves over Rievaulx Abbey are quite breathtaking. The temples are mildly diverting, but the Abbey below will take almost all of your attention on this 15 minute walk from one end to the other.
Written March 27, 2010
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