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Rievaulx Abbey

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Address: Rievaulx Bank, Helmsley YO6 5LJ, England
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+44 1439 798228
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Hidden in the deep River Rye valley, the beautiful and tranquil abbey ruins...

Hidden in the deep River Rye valley, the beautiful and tranquil abbey ruins reflect nearly one thousand years of spiritual, commercial and Romantic history. Rievaulx was one of the first Cistercian abbeys to be founded in England in around 1130, and after the dissolution, became the centre of commercial activity for many years. The abbey forge was used to set up an ironworks on the site. The abbey then entered its Romantic period when its picturesque ruins became a beacon for poets, painters, and scholars. It was one of the first major ruins to be conserved by the Office of Works (ancestor of English Heritage) in 1917.

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Having stayed locally we thought we would visit this attraction before returning home. Having to pay for parking nearly Put us off-however this is fully refundable against the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Having stayed locally we thought we would visit this attraction before returning home. Having to pay for parking nearly Put us off-however this is fully refundable against the cost of a ticket to get in (just remember to take £4 in change!) They Abbey itself was interesting, engaging and educational in different ways be it religious/ academic/ historical for the... More 

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EnglishHeritageTA, Manager at Rievaulx Abbey, responded to this review

Thank you for a lovely review, and we're delighted you enjoyed your visit. They tell me that Rievaulx Abbey is the best place in North Yorkshire to play hide and seek, so it's a great place for kids of all ages, never mind the historical significance! As you noted, we refund parking to anyone using the cafe or visiting the... More 

Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

There are some lovely walks near the old abbey, including a pleasant stroll into Helmsley. Or take the paths from the abbey to the old bridge over the River Rye to the north.

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EnglishHeritageTA, Manager at Rievaulx Abbey, responded to this review

Thank you for the review, I'm told the valley of Rievaulx is very little different now than it was back int he middle ages when the monks began building, and on a pleaant day the views and scenery are truly beautiful. Best wishes, Mike and the Rievaulx team More 

Southport, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I was in Helmsley so decided to take the short drive up to Rievaulx to visit the abbey and the temple gardens. I arrived at around 10:30 am on a Friday morning. The gates to the pay and display car park shut and the entrance to the museum closed. There were a number of cars parked on the front of... More 

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EnglishHeritageTA, Manager at Rievaulx Abbey, responded to this review

I'm sorry you missed us, we are indeed open weekends in winter, but as of today winter is over and we're open for the whole of the February half-term holiday, 10-4 every day from Saturday 18th to Sunday 26th, after which we're open from 10-4 every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and from 1st April we'll be open seven... More 

London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Rievaulx Abbey represents such an interesting part of English history. These magnificent ruins are a reminder of the fantastic building skills of our forebears. It was surprising to discover that the small car park operates a “Pay & Display” charge, which is not signposted very well, this is off-putting and not expected in this remote part of the North Yorkshire... More 

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EnglishHeritageTA, Manager at Rievaulx Abbey, responded to this review

Hello, and thank you for a lovely review, we're delighted you enjoyed your visit. We do indeed charge for car-parking, but we refund the parking charge to anyone who comes in to the Abbey or uses the cafe or shop. All you need to do is bring in the small section of your ticket. Best wishes, Mike and the Rievaulx... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Another glorious sunny day in Yorkshire. After half-day spent around and in Byland Abbey (see my other post) I decided to go Rievaulx Abbey. If you want to walk then go to Helmsley, park your car, take your walking boots, cagoule and rucksack and take the Cleveland Way. Less adventurous individuals can carry on by car. English Heritage has the... More 

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EnglishHeritageTA, Manager at Rievaulx Abbey, responded to this review

Thank you for your vist, and for your support as a member. Caring for these England's greatest monuments is a privilege, but it does come at a cost and it's only through the support of our members and visitors that we can ensure they remain safe for our children and their children to enjoy. (One small point, we refund car-parking... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is one of my favourite places, the atmosphere is extremely relaxing. I'm not sure what it is about the place but these monks certainly knew how to pick a good spot. The only thing I would say is that if it is serenity you are seeking then avoid high days and holidays :)

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EnglishHeritageTA, Manager at Rievaulx Abbey, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. I agree that the monks did indeed know exaclty what they were doing when they picked this magnificent valley in which to build! Mind you, it's also a frost-hollow, so without much in the way of heating I suspect winters were a more than little uncomfortable back in the day. Do come back and see us... More 

Bradford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We walked from Helmsley Castle through to the abbey. Recommended by a friend. It is a public footpath. 2.5 miles. This is a fantastic walk - word of warning, it is not for the faint hearted, it is muddy, uneven and quite hard going and we are in our mid 30's - it is definitly a challenge but we loved... More 

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EnglishHeritageTA, Manager at Rievaulx Abbey, responded to this review

Wow back! Thank you for such an exciting review and do come see us again. To try and tempt you a little bit, you might like to know that all our cakes are home-made. Properly home-made, from scratch, on the premises, by one of our two talented cooks. Best wishes, Mike and the Rievaulx Team More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

After a long drive, arrived to find it. Closed. Apparently only open weekends in January. Carpark and toilets also closed. After a long drive, it would be nice if toilets left open. Disappointing.

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EnglishHeritageTA, Manager at Rievaulx Abbey, responded to this review

Sorry about the disapointment, we do have opening information on the English Heritage website and on our Facebook page, and it's in the Member's Handbook, but I know that not everyone uses the internet or is a member. The good news is that we're open every day for half term (February 18th to February 26th), then open Wednesday to Sunday... More 

Wakefield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017 via mobile

Its Rievaulx. It's one of the most beautiful places in the world. Not much else to say, really. Oh, and it's a bit historic.

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2017

Not only is the ruin awesome but the new cafe boasts fabulous homemade cakes and wholesome food. As a local of 20 yrs standing the improved facility makes for a lovely stop off point when walking. The view from the cafe windows is second to none!

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