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Rievaulx Abbey

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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
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Rievaulx Abbey is pretty but without a map, I couldn't find all the boards with info, but I was distracted. My experience at admissions really didn't help me concentrate. I get that when I'm first greeted I get the 'would you like a membership' bit...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank amysradar
Reviewed 1 week ago

Having recently become members of English Heritage this was somewhere I always wanted to visit but never got round to. There was no excuse now we're members. What a beautifully serene place to visit and I wasn't disappointed. During the stressful time of the festive...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank TheKatLady
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Rievaulx Abbey which is run by English Heritage and had an enjoyable afternoon despite the rain and cold weather. The carpark is conveniently situated in front of the entrance and had ample spaces available when we visited on a Saturday afternoon in October....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank filthurlow
Reviewed December 9, 2018 via mobile

It’s always a pleasure to come to this wonderful abbey ruins. It’s beautiful and has a magnificent splendour. There is a new cafe and shop built in keeping with the surroundings. It’s well worth wondering around the grounds and soaking up the atmosphere. We visited...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank pmorris99
Reviewed November 25, 2018

One can only imagine the enormity of the abbey when it was built. It’s position is beautiful- in the low area in contrast to Helmsley Castle close by. It is eerily beautiful and a better option than Helmsley Castle if you are making a choice.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Jackie J
Reviewed November 19, 2018

We spent a lovely autumn afternoon taking a look around this amazing place. Our first tip is to use the audio guide, it works with a loop system for hearing aids - so my wife was able to tune in to listen, but people with...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 15, 2018 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!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank northumberlandramble
Reviewed November 15, 2018 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 !

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 6, 2018 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

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank SamF977
Reviewed November 2, 2018 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

Date of experience: October 2018
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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 :-)
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