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Address: Rievaulx, Helmsley YO62 5LB, 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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Rievaulx Abbey is well presented by English Heritage. The Abbey is stunning. The information is well presented with something for everyone from novice to expert alike to take away... read more

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Penwood, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Rievaulx Abbey is well presented by English Heritage. The Abbey is stunning. The information is well presented with something for everyone from novice to expert alike to take away their visit. The museum is small but gives a good insight in to the nature of finds from the Site. The food from the cafe is nice but somewhat pricey, a... More 

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North York Moors National Park, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Rievaulx Abbey is surrounded by stunning scenery, in a beautiful valley. We have been many times before but now there has been built a spacious cafe area, and shop. There are free audio tapes to listen to as you go around, and an informative museum within the grounds. Well worth a visit!

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Thank 06sarah69
Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Having completed a grand History tour of Yorkshire and visited many Abbey ruins, this was my favourite. The setting is what makes it, nestled in a quiet picturesque valley it feels magical. The audio guide is informative without being too loaded with dull facts. I left with a real appreciation of how it would have operated as a monastery. Go... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I find Rievaulx Abbey an exceptional place - I think if you manage to visit the Abbey you will know what I mean. This most recent visit was on a misty Yorkshire morning which added to the atmosphere. There is a new visitor centre with a shop and café and also a Museum which is worth visiting.

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Southampton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited the Abbey on our way to Staithes. It quite easy to find but be certain to take the right hand road and watch out for the narrow roads. Once there the information staff will look after you with plenty of very useful information . Then it just you and the abbey. The grounds are very well maintained and... More 

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Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The remains of the abbey are beautiful and impressive. Wandering around the immaculately maintained site gives a great sense of history even without considering the religious dimension. A small but excellently curated museum holds mainly carved stones and sculpture, with some ancient artefacts, tools and a few coins. The Story of Rievaulx video could be much better and longer though.... More 

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Helensburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Absolutely beautiful place well worth a visit. The reception, shop and cafe have just been refurbished giving a clean modern air to a very historical place. Parking is limited so best to arrive in the morning when you can wander at will amongst the ruins.

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Rogiet, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This ruined abbey just amazes. It is in the middle of no-where with beautiful country around, one can just wander around the ruins and looking at the size just contemplate how did these unskilled monks in the 11th century design and build such a large building with all the intricate carvings up on high . No paper to draw plans,... More 

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Ascot, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We arrived at the Abbey on the hottest day in September and it was an inspiring visit, after driving down the winding lanes to find this treasure from the past. Wandering through the ruins I could almost hear the monks chanting. Very peaceful.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Delightful ruins of an old Cistercian Monastery destroyed during Henry VIII's reformation. It was being used as the background for the Transformers-5 film set, with a huge crew of lighting and scene setters just clearing up. Despite the temporary distractions we enjoyed a glorious visit and also enjoyed the new visitor center - nice food and great gift shop.

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