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Rievaulx Abbey

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Walk here from Helmsley and you are rewarded with great views of the abbey as you approach. The building itself is very lovely and the site more extensive than I realised. There's a nice little museum which showcases some of the artefacts found on site...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Paula S
Reviewed 1 week ago

A fantastic abbey , impressive, historical Cistercian abbey. I was astonished by it beauty, according to me, one of the nicest in the UK It also has a nice little museum with excavated items If one is interested in these and if you would visit...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The visit starts in the Reception Hall, which is a modern building housing a cafe, shop and ticket office, and it is BEAUTIFUL. It was built 3 years ago and has deservedly won awards. The site, though in ruins, has sufficient left to gain a...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank David P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We travelled hundreds of miles to see this and Fountains Abbey. We were told this one is second best. If so, I can’t wait til tomorrow. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable, the access is excellent, the initial impression is stunning, the museum is helpful...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank terryl969
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There is a nice gift shop, plus tea room, in the visitor centre, and a small museum near the abbey ruins showcasing the history of the abbey, with various items on display which were not stolen when the abbey was liquidated under the Tudors. The...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank filmg
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Rievaulx Abbey after a day out & only arrived 30 mins before it closed. In that short time we were able to look around but weren’t able to listen to the audio guide which would have given us all the information about the...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank TheMartins1997
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This ruined Abbey is in a simply beautiful location, and well worth the trip down winding country roads. The English Heritage visitor centre has good information about the site and its history, and a free audioguide. We saw families with children eagerly hunting down the...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a lovely hour or so looking around the abbey grounds and taking photos. The grounds and structures are absolutely stunning and the abbey must have looked incredible when it was all fully built and in tact. Quite a few other people had the...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Lucy P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We walked here from Helmsley which in itself was enjoyable. Fortunately the place is so large that even with a school trip of around 25 small children it was relatively tranquil. Although there are numerous information boards dotted around the site I would advocate take...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank alannsarah
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Feel free to have a wander around this grand old abbey if you wish but don’t pay for parking. There’s a free car park right next door to the official car park and this field car park even offers the best view of the entire...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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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 :-)