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Rievaulx Abbey

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Address: Rievaulx, Helmsley YO6 5LJ, England
Phone Number: +44 1439 798228
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Walked Cleveland way from helmsley to riveaux. Couldn't believe such a big impressive building was hiding in the valley. Good for a walk and photos. We were lucky to visit on... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Walked Cleveland way from helmsley to riveaux. Couldn't believe such a big impressive building was hiding in the valley. Good for a walk and photos. We were lucky to visit on a lovely bright day, despite it being in minus temperatures!

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been looking forward to visiting this attraction for some time and we were not disappointed, A wonderful setting and stunning abbey with lots of opportunities for fantastic photographs. The English Heritage staff were really helpful and friendly.

Thank sux66
Nuneaton, United Kingdom
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88 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited on a cold snowy saturday and wasnt disappointed. A visually stunning abbey with so much to see, we spent quite a while wandering from room to room enjoying the splendour. Light was perfect for pictures. Facilities were reasonable considering having work done, audio guide etc available if wanted.

Thank Raggle123
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51 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A lovely walk from Helmsley. An easy walk with a great Abbey at the end. Very beautiful and an interesting audio guide. I don't normally like them, but they were very good.

Thank Jessiclees
Yorkshire, England
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35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

Lovely walk from Helmsley to the abbey. Footpath very well signposted. Quite busy with walkers even in DecemberFab views from the bridge walking towards the abbey.

Thank tentpole
Kansas City, Missouri
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153 reviews
73 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

We came here knowing the Abbey would be closed (weekday in December) but thought we would take a look anyway. We thoroughly enjoyed the countryside on the drive and arrived at about dusk. We were only able to view the ruins from the road but they were absolutely breathtaking and were able to get some great photos. If I am... More 

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Saltaire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

When my wife asked where Rievaulx Abbey was I assumed south England - how wrong can you get!! Pronounced ree-VOH this is a former Cistercian abbey near Helmsley (for those reading my reviews this was the place I was trying to get to when we stopped at Helmsley Castle) Like the majority of abbeys from this period it is a... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

Rievaulx Abbey is a beautiful, quiet spot and spending a couple of hours wandering the ruins is not time wasted. I visited early in the morning, arriving just as it opened, and had the place pretty much to myself, which was lovely. As other reviewers have said, it's paradise for photographers and I enjoyed the silhouettes of the ruins, which... More 

Thank Fiona O
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015 via mobile

We chose The abbey to visit due to it being dog friendly. What an amazingly beautiful place even considering it was raining. There is so much to explore in a beautiful setting. We particularly enjoyed the free audio tour that told us more about certain sections. It was fun guessing what sections where what before listening to the tour. Lots... More 

Thank Harrison D
Kirkbymoorside, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

I visit Rievaulx Abbey regularly as i live in the area and never cease to be amazed at the beauty and atmosphere of this wonderful building. In the magical setting of the fairly remote valley of the river Rye, Rievaulx Abbey is a joy to visit at absolutely any time of year and a gift to any photographer. I would... More 

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