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Address: Rievaulx, Helmsley YO6 5LJ, England
Phone Number: +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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I am certainly glad that I am near York on a Sunday that enable me a visit to the Rievaulx Abbey. It was really good to have the free audio guide provided with the entrance... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I am certainly glad that I am near York on a Sunday that enable me a visit to the Rievaulx Abbey. It was really good to have the free audio guide provided with the entrance fees. The museum was interesting as it gives visitors an idea of the artefacts in the abbey. I like the way the artefacts are displayed... More 

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been here twice, I loved it both times. Quite expansive, impressive and beautiful. I prefer if over fountains as it is less commercial and has had only a few tourist both visits. Great photo opportunities. It's particularly stunning if you walk to the abbey from Helmsley. It adds to the day and you get lovely views of the abbey... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

such a beautiful place, so enormous, hard to imagine people living here, A few more information panels would be helpful. The size means parking can be tight but can get photos without other people in if you wait a short while

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I couldn't imagine that this grandiose, really huge complex was created 800 years before! This is real masterpiece of architecture and engineering design even today, what tell about those time! See this giant ruins become other imagine about medieval level of knowledge and technologies. Unfortunately, today only walls could be seen.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I'm sure many of us do this and it's brilliant. But lovely to walk around in a traditional way too. Loads to see view wise, and it's had work done at the visitor centre park so if you haven't been in a few years pop along And see the difference. We will be back

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Called to see this on our way across the Moors earlier this year on a cold but glorious sunny day in March. Off the beaten track a bit but so worth it. It is beautiful and the grounds are kept really well plus lots of signs for information. I got some lovely photos.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Of all the places we visited, this was absolutely our favorite. The little museum has nice artifacts, but the most impressive part is the ruined abbey itself. As beautiful as the ruins are, it must have been even more beautiful when it was a new abbey. Makes a person wish they could step back in time.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Whitby Abbey is one of the most impressive places I've ever been and I wasn't expecting much here. I was pleasantly surprised with Rievaulx and the building is in good condition (in that all the important parts are still identifiable). The setting is outstanding within the valley and everything was lush green. It was raining pretty heavily but we managed... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There is a lovely spectacular view of the Abbey as you walk down the lane from the bridge and it is a detour not to be missed on the Cleveland Way walk.Inside the Abbey the inspiring grandeur is quite simply beautiful.This is a place to visit for people who love beauty irrespective of religious beliefs.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Make sure you give this place a visit. The new visitor centre is very nice and the little museum is a must.

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