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Rievaulx Abbey

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Absolutely amazing floodlit

This was abit last minute find! But so glad we did it! The abbey was floodlit at night and was... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Northumberland, United Kingdom
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Beautiful abbey in little village

A great place for exploring with the children. Beautiful abbey surrounded by the most amazing... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Thirsk, 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 3 days ago via mobile

This was abit last minute find! But so glad we did it! The abbey was floodlit at night and was absolutely amazing. Although it was cold, the whole family enjoyed it. We will definitely look out for these events again!

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A great place for exploring with the children. Beautiful abbey surrounded by the most amazing views. Polite and helpful staff and a great coffee shop. Definitely a successful family day out !

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Having talked about it for a while my partner and I finally joined English Heritage and here’s where we did it. What a stunning place and very good audio tour and museum of artefacts. Confusing-that the terrace is run by the National Trust but both...More

Thank SamF977
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The weather was due to be rainy but it turned out to be largely sunny with showery interludes providing wonderful light, cast on the stone of the spectacular ruins often set against cloud, sunshine and rainbow. The free audio guide is a must. The commentary...More

Thank David O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really large abbey, quite a lot still standing and you can wander at will among the ruins. Owned by English Heritage and one of there excellent audio tours is available. We thought this was marvellous - nightly recommended

Thank Maxim123153
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited with children and dog. Audio guides available. Also “hunt the monks” for younger children. Very beautiful.

Thank Shirley T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were staying in Helmsley and wanted to go on a walk which would take us about 2 hours total and we were recommended to talk to Riveaux. Unfortunately as we arrived the rain started to pour down so we didn’t spend a long time...More

Thank melanieadams78
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went on a wet day but that didn't stop us from having a great time here. The abbey has a fantastic little museum providing some context and many artefacts. The abbey itself is stunning and impressive and worth a good walk around even on...More

Thank Elaine S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Just beautiful that's all that can be said and lovely place to take the kids very historical dog's welcome

Thank ninad440
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A magnificent Abbey with such ambiance... Wander around the grounds listening to the free audio guide which provides additional information for the curious minded... I spent hours just wandering around and taking in the scenery, the grand structures and the atmosphere of the skeletons of...More

Thank Samantha E
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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 :-)