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Historic Abbey

I visited Rievaulx at a weekend. I was initially taken aback at the car park price but you can... read more

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gail h
Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
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E are staying in Pickering which is ideally suited to visit the moors and coastal towns of Whitby... read more

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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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I visited Rievaulx at a weekend. I was initially taken aback at the car park price but you can have this refunded when you enter the Abbey. Phew! I got into the Abbey with my English heritage membership so I cannot tell you the price...More

Thank gail h
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E are staying in Pickering which is ideally suited to visit the moors and coastal towns of Whitby Scarborough and Bridlington, this afternoon we visited the Abbey and easy drive to the west. The abbey is set in a hidden valley and supported by a...More

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Reviewed today

Nice walk from Helmsley to the abbey, with a welcoming drink and nice homemade coffee and walnut cake to reward the walk (we were told by the staff it was the only homemade cake, as the rest were brought in). The audio tour is definitely...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I was initially concerned that my 2 young ones would be bored, however the lovely lady in the shop told them that 10 monks were hiding around the Abbey, could they take a picture of each one and they'd get a sticker? Of course setting...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Beautiful heritage site, huge ruins. Kids had a great time. Really friendly, helpful staff. Lovely visitor centre and cafe.

Thank Andrew A
Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited here from East Yorkshire whilst showing my NZ partner around the UK. I went here years ago sometime early 2000s and remembered it as beautiful then. There is plenty of parking either on the site (paid) or on the country path further back...More

Thank Terran N
Reviewed 1 week ago

History/Religion - sociology = community It is all here within these walls, within this beautiful hidden valley. It is truly stunning. It is so important just to see the immensity of the building work the skills that were used - NO power tools here. It...More

Thank William J
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nestling in a deep valley near the charming small town of Helmsley lie the remains of Rievauix Abbey. Most of the ruins are in good condition with much of the buildings walls almost intact. Because of this the visitor can easilyimagine what the site looked...More

Thank Michael W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited on a Thursday afternoon in August and had no problem parking. Parking is charged but refunded against entry. Thoroughly enjoyed exploring the grand ruins and thoroughly recommend the free audio guide as it is very informative. The museum is interesting too. We did not...More

Thank Roozin
Reviewed 1 week ago

We picked up a lunch in Helmsley before heading here. We walked in, sat on one of the picnic tables and enjoyed what is easily the most memorable lunch of our trip. We then spend the next two hours exploring the Abby and learning about...More

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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 :-)