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Rievaulx Abbey

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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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hauntingly beautiful

One of the most stunningly places I have ever visited. The audio tour included in the admission was fascinating and even our teenagers were fascinated by much of the information... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Filey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

One of the most stunningly places I have ever visited. The audio tour included in the admission was fascinating and even our teenagers were fascinated by much of the information provided. Good value for money. Best on a dry, and hopefully, sunny day.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Apparently they moved the nearby river twice to place this on the perfect spot. Henry VIII wasn't too happy about it so now it's a wonderful ruin. Just good for a drive-by, but the road is scenic and is a seldom seen part of the countryside.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great place to spend the day. The sheer size of the place is astounding and it feels like so much history has taken place here. You can literally see where the site was expanded and built on in different styles throughout the centuries. Interesting little museum with some special pieces, just the right amount of detail without an information overload.... More 

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

Rievaulx is one of the great Cistercian monasteries. On a very hot day, I decided to visit with my brother, who told me he had last been there on a school trip 40 years ago. At the height of the school holiday, plenty of other people had the same idea, meaning the car park was full by 11.30 but we... More 

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

Another excellent English Heritage site with an excellent audio guide, perhaps slightly difficult to follow towards the end. A very peaceful site, you can appreciate why the Cistertians built at Rievaulx. I left wondering what it must have been like in it's hay day. Another visit, perhaps, called for.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful Cistercian abbey in the dip below the Rievaulx terraces (national trust). The abbey is in possession of English Heritage. Free audio tour available, but also good signage around, just to wander at leisure. Dogs allowed. Nice cafe and shop

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We decided to have another trip to Rievaulx after the updating of all their facilities. We have always loved Rievaulx because of the peacefulness and it's beautiful setting near Hemsley. Now with its modern museum and first rate shop and cafe it is a pleasure to spend a few carefree hours there. A must see for anyone touring the area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Stunning place to visit. Very helpful and friendly staff, can't do enough for you. The site, a definite to see if in the area, just stunning!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Various family members, including a couple with a small child, who live overseas, decided to meet at the Abbey Café. The car park was full when we arrived, which probably testifies to the popularity of Rievaulx Abbey. It is a wonderful place and a beautiful setting. I liked the layout of the new museum, which I hadn't seen before. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Lovely atmospheric setting. It's a beautiful place to visit and the area is a great place to visit. I love this place.

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