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Rievaulx Abbey

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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...more
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Rievaulx Bank, Helmsley YO62 5LB, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I was the first guest of 2019, I think, having visited on Feb 16 at 10. Therefore, I was lucky as we almost had the place for ourselves. It's fab, however I can't imagine if it gets crowded in summer. If you happen to be...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great place to visit. You only need about 15-30 mins to walk around. We walked from Helmsley which was about 3miles each way - really easy route. Would definitely recommend. Nice cafe there as well.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were in the area for the weekend enjoying visits to some of the historical sites. We had both wanted to visit Rievaulx so arrived this morning for a wander round. The actual site is really impressive and we enjoyed the abbey and a look...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I’ve always wanted to see this Abbey and I am so glad I’ve now managed to. Arrived here for when the Abbey opened and we were lucky enough to be the only ones there. It was so peaceful walking around the ruins, it is stunning...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Abbey, although in ruins, is a fascinating site. Buy a guide book and you will know exactly what used to happen in each area and your imagination does the rest. It is a great place for photographers as well. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank PeteC01
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Rievaulx Abbey is pretty but without a map, I couldn't find all the boards with info, but I was distracted. My experience at admissions really didn't help me concentrate. I get that when I'm first greeted I get the 'would you like a membership' bit...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank amysradar
Reviewed January 8, 2019

Having recently become members of English Heritage this was somewhere I always wanted to visit but never got round to. There was no excuse now we're members. What a beautifully serene place to visit and I wasn't disappointed. During the stressful time of the festive...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 19, 2018 via mobile

We visited Rievaulx Abbey which is run by English Heritage and had an enjoyable afternoon despite the rain and cold weather. The carpark is conveniently situated in front of the entrance and had ample spaces available when we visited on a Saturday afternoon in October....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank filthurlow
Reviewed December 9, 2018 via mobile

It’s always a pleasure to come to this wonderful abbey ruins. It’s beautiful and has a magnificent splendour. There is a new cafe and shop built in keeping with the surroundings. It’s well worth wondering around the grounds and soaking up the atmosphere. We visited...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank pmorris99
Reviewed November 25, 2018

One can only imagine the enormity of the abbey when it was built. It’s position is beautiful- in the low area in contrast to Helmsley Castle close by. It is eerily beautiful and a better option than Helmsley Castle if you are making a choice.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Mohamed S
January 21, 2018|
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Response from camille_rae | Reviewed this property |
We drove and it was a long way. 3 or 4 hrs I would guess. But it was. A great drive and worth it.
Nicholas B
Hello gelvisblue I'm very surprised by your review, how can you not just be in wonder and intrigue as you walked around the site? The history seeping from the magnificent ruins from nearly 900 years ago! The presbytery of the church, one of the finest examples of early English architecture. The magnificent refectory and the remains of the undercroft below. The monks choir and crossing in the south transept, with the doorway still in tact leading to the dormitory. The remarkable, unusual chapter house with its shrine to Abott William dating from 1250. The beautiful cloister with details like the piscine(holy water basin) Do I need to go on? Rievaulx Abbey was a major architectural influence on the medieval monastic church from the 12th to the 16th centuries and, from the mid 18th century. Rievaulx includes some of the earliest surviving buildings of any Cistercian monastery in Europe. Abott William's stone monastery was the first great Cistercian church to be built in England on the model of the church and claustral layout that was being developed at Clairvaux from about 1135. That makes Rievaulx one of the earliest surviving examples in Europe of what subsequently became the standard plan for all Cistercian abbey's, and for those of the other major monastic orders. Maybe you should visit other places other than ones like Rievaulx Abbey, as you clearly have no interest, understanding, or appreciation, of fine pieces of vastly important places of history in England. Go back, get the audio guide, and try to appreciate how lucky you are to be able to visit and learn about this remarkable place.
September 12, 2017|
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Response from ApriliaApex | Reviewed this property |
You foolish man, i do appreciate Rievaulx Abbey, i just didn't care for the cafe or the shop. I will look forward to going back there and to finding that you have sent your reply to "gelvisblue" and deleted any link to me.
Lisa W
April 28, 2017|
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Response from Holibobsis | Reviewed this property |
Took our two dogs inside and they were made most welcome :-)
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