Rievaulx Abbey

Rievaulx Abbey, Helmsley

Rievaulx Abbey
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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warwickwiddler
lowton65 contributions
Lovely destination on our Pearl Wedding Anniversary walk.
Oct 2021
This was our destination on a walk from Sutton Bank (recreating the walk by Rev Richard Coles on BBC Winter Walks) and back, on our Pearl Wedding anniversary! A beautiful walk to a truly lovely and spiritually important part of the rich religious history of this country. There can be very few more picturesque abbeys in the UK, and Yorkshire has some of the best with Rievaulx, Fountains, Bolton Abbey and Whitby Abbey. Very good shop and a fine restaurant with a picture window at the end of the room offering a panoramic view of the abbey. Lots to explore and see but do stop to soak up the atmosphere and recharge your soul. This is a special place that now holds special memories for us.
Written November 21, 2021
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FairCityFrasie
Perth, UK2,091 contributions
Where Monks Once Dwelled
Oct 2021
Ruins of the magnificent Cistercian Abbey that existed until 'sacked' by Henry V111. Very extensive building and grounds. Well worth the walk along a well marked pathway from Helmsley - under an hour's amble each way.
Written November 15, 2021
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Brian D
Leeds, UK19 contributions
Routine visit
Nov 2021
Excellent visit. Freedom to wander and explore the extensive grounds of the abbey.
Easy to hire "talk" headphones but there are ample notices giving details of the layout.
Written November 14, 2021
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Travellinglily
England, UK595 contributions
Pretty
Oct 2021 • Couples
Picturesque spot in the countryside. Not huge but an hours amble. Lots of picnic tables. Would visit again if members. Nice gift shop/tea room too
Written October 28, 2021
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Sophie Rose
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Stunning Abbey in more stunning surroundings
Sep 2021
Wow I love Helmsley and I adored the walk from Helmsley to this beautiful abbey via the large estate land and over the hill. We saw plenty of wildlife - rabbits, deer and a buzzard! We treated ourself to lunch at Bantam in Helmsley afterwards and it was an all round fabulous day!
Written October 27, 2021
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PottyP
United Kingdom384 contributions
Wonderful, Tranquil Experience
Oct 2021 • Couples
Walked from Helmsley to Rievaulx Abbey which was a lovely walk along part of the Cleveland way.

Didn't know what to expect in all honesty, so arriving at this beautiful location was a revelation.

We spent a good 2.5 hours at the site, marveling at the beauty of the structure and taking in the peace and tranquility. It helped that it was a relatively quiet day, so not many people around and plenty of peaceful photo opportunities.

We had refreshments in the cafe which were lovely and it would be remiss of me not to mention the lovely friendly staff, one in particular who booked us a taxi back to Helmsley.

£11 each entrance fee, which was worth every penny.

A lovely afternoon 😊
Written October 15, 2021
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GrahamP113
Witham, UK1,454 contributions
Visit
Oct 2021 • Couples
Last visited about 20 years ago. What an absolutely stunning building. So enormous and really makes you wonder how they managed to build it and live there when it is so remote. Well worth a visit. Staff fantastic
Written October 3, 2021
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Blazing100
North Yorkshire, UK79 contributions
Not to be missed.
Sep 2021
Once again a great visit. We walked from Helmsley along the Cleveland Way to Rievaulx which made for a very pleasant walk. The cafe is well laid out with plenty of space around and between the tables. We tried the Monk's Pottage which was warming and very tasty. The earl grey tea and blackcurrant sponge was a real treat.
The Abbey itself is a joy to visit and the small museum gives a good flavour for the history. A really good site with extremely polite and helpful staff, in a very picturesque location. A definite must visit.
Written September 30, 2021
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Skywalker3
East Anglia127 contributions
A must see location
Sep 2021
Having visited Fountains Abbey previously, a colleague recommended Rievaulx as a must see and better than Fountains and glad we took her advice.
Arrival saw a great warm welcome from the staff, explaining the site and even taking time to ask our dogs name. Audio tour offers a good background without being obtrusive but the real star is the Abbey itself.
A Tuesday lunchtime late September saw only a handful of people on site and a chance to enjoy this amazing building virtually to ourselves.
A well stocked shop and cafe in the visitor centre complement the site and nice to see a totally dog friendly site.
A must see in the area.
Written September 28, 2021
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Jana Statute
Loughrea, Ireland99 contributions
Magnificent place
Sep 2021 • Couples
It's a magnificent place, although there is a pretty village nearby it's still so quiet and feels far away from the civilization. Gorgeous nature with plenty of walks, impressive ruins of once grand monastery and surrounding buildings. There are information boards along the way and a small museum on the site, so if you have time and interest you can get quite a vivid insight on the life and work of the people who at one time were a part of it. A decent souvenir shop and a cafe as well. It also helped that on both occasions we've been there the weather was just glorious
Written September 26, 2021
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