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Rievaulx Abbey

Open Now: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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So beautiful and peaceful! Lovely visit here. One of the museum workers, Donna, was particularly... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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Stunning, tranquil

Lovely ruin tucked in a beautiful, quiet valley. Small, good exhibition covering the history of the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Dan C
Warwickshire, United Kingdom
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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
+44 1439 798228
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

So beautiful and peaceful! Lovely visit here. One of the museum workers, Donna, was particularly helpful and friendly and I feel the staff are very knowledgeable and welcoming. We walked from the town centre over to the abbey and back and would recommend this walk...More

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Reviewed yesterday

Lovely ruin tucked in a beautiful, quiet valley. Small, good exhibition covering the history of the Abbey. Nice cafe and free parking.

Thank Dan C
Reviewed yesterday

Stunningly atmospheric setting, beautiful building with very good information boards. But we were SO disappointed by the food. I had Wensleydale Patties with salad - they were overcooked, dry and flavourless. Most unpleasant. My husband had fish pie, the whole thing was sloppy and he...More

Thank gillfarming
Reviewed 5 days ago

Not our first visit to Rievaulx Abbey and will not be our last. Nestled in the wooded valley with sheep and pheasants all around it was protected from the very windy conditions on the day of the visit. The visitor centre and café are modern...More

Thank Chris T
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Great location very tranquil. Some interesting parts. Not much for young children and I would say an average stay it’s an hour. Cafe nice but pricey. Picnic tables if have your own food.

Thank Hellylaw
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stunning. Beautiful place. Amazing to realise this abbey has been there for nearly a thousand years. Best Abbey ruins we have visited. Excellent guide book helps to bring it to life.

Thank Sand672013
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited this place twice and on each occasion the helpfulness and happiness of the staff made me wish I worked for English Heritage myself. This place is simply beautiful any time of the year. When I first visited I intended to spend an hour here...More

Thank Sum D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I’ve seen the abbey in the past from the road on walks etc but never ventured inside until now. It’s Well worth the visit because it’s absolutely amazing inside. It’s the biggest Abbey ruins I’ve ever seen by far. So much still in tact and...More

Thank Warren A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A remarkable site. Amazing that so much of it is still standing after almost 1000 years. Level of interpretation very good, excellent museum, friendly staff

Thank Stephen B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

An interesting site to spend a couple of hours. Amazing history. You have to marvel at the level of craftsmanship. These sites should be well supported and preserved. They are an integral part of our history.

Thank Phil c
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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 :-)