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Rievaulx Abbey

Rievaulx Bank, Helmsley YO62 5LB, England
+44 1439 798228
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One of the best !!!

If there is a ‘must see’ place to visit while touring the Nth Yorkshire district - this is it. It... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Norman P
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Impressive ruins

This English Heritage site is a large ruined Abbey, created by the Cistercians. There is a small... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Liz H
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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 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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Rievaulx Bank, Helmsley YO62 5LB, England
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

If there is a ‘must see’ place to visit while touring the Nth Yorkshire district - this is it. It is still reasonably in tact and the sheer size and architecture is amazing. To reflect that this structure was built so many hundreds of years...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This English Heritage site is a large ruined Abbey, created by the Cistercians. There is a small visitor centre and a few original stone carvings. The annunciation stone is still in situ above the doorway to the abbot’s house. From Thirsk and the North, access...More

Thank Liz H
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I haven't been for a few years but it was lovely to go back. It's a beautiful Abbey. Now they have a cafe and small museum. Food is a little pricey but was very enjoyable. Also dog friendly and since we have three dogs that...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Excellent place, clean and tidy, restaurant was great, overall beautiful place to visit, 3 mile walk from Helmsley, three mile walk back, beautiful scenery, woodlands all around.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As an English Heritage member this place was definitely on the 'to do list'. Being retired, we try to visit during the week and during 'term time' to give working families a better opportunity at weekends and during school holidays. Having travelled for over an...More

Thank Malcolm K
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Abbey and information is very good giving you a lot of details of its history. Access is very easy in most places, but some may struggle on the steps. If you have the free audio when you enter the grounds, you get much more...More

1  Thank Rob L
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were taken on the guided tour by Brother Anthony, it was wonderful! We were a group of 40 persons and we were entertained and informed by the vast knowledge Anthony had. It certainly brought the Abbey to life, highly recommended!! Must add that all...More

1  Thank Mory46
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

That Henry VIII had a lot to answer for! Id never heard of the Abbey but we popped in during a bit of a tour around the moors What a spot Massive Good explanations, excellent little museum One of the highlights of the half term...More

1  Thank MJH1
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoy a peaceful walk around the abbey ruins and soak up the history. The architecture and grounds are stunning and the small museum on site has some excellent displays. Hard to imagine what life was like here in the 1100s when it was founded; but...More

1  Thank ElTouristo61
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful gardens, architecture and grounds. Stunning views from many areas and very well worth a visit if you are in the area.

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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.
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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.
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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 :-)
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