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Rievaulx Abbey

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Address: Rievaulx, Helmsley YO6 5LJ, England
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+44 1439 798228
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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It's magnificent

Its Rievaulx. It's one of the most beautiful places in the world. Not much else to say, really. Oh, and it's a bit historic.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Stephen W
Wakefield, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

After a long drive, arrived to find it. Closed. Apparently only open weekends in January. Carpark and toilets also closed. After a long drive, it would be nice if toilets left open. Disappointing.

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Its Rievaulx. It's one of the most beautiful places in the world. Not much else to say, really. Oh, and it's a bit historic.

Thank Stephen W
York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Not only is the ruin awesome but the new cafe boasts fabulous homemade cakes and wholesome food. As a local of 20 yrs standing the improved facility makes for a lovely stop off point when walking. The view from the cafe windows is second to none!

Thank Alison J
Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What a lovely place to spend an hour or two - walking around the abbey ruins, enjoying the vistas from all sorts of different angles and outlooks, and enjoying a tea or coffee in the cafe area, a modern space perfectly designed and laid out so that you can look across to the ruins themselves and ponder them while you... More 

Thank Michelle S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The abbey ruins were lovely to see. The museum was simple but informative. The folks at the gift shop were very kind and helpful. I definitely bought more than I intended to! Even on a rainy day, it was a worthwhile visit.

Thank Katie C
Ripon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

An English Heritage property. A Cistercian Abbey for 406 years dating from 1132. The remains are well preserved. Contain valuable interpretation and provide a fascinating day out. The relatively new museum gives an oversight of 400 years of history, highlighting the changes over time. The original artifacts are well presented and demonstrate the wealth and importance of this institution in... More 

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East Yorkshire, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The setting of teh Abbey ruins in the bottom of the valley is beautiful. The Abbey is well manintained and very accessible to visitors with loads of buildings and rooms to explore. The new museum that was added in 2016 gives a great insight into the workmanship that was needed to create such and amazing set of buildings. The new... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Walked here on new years day from helmsley to blow away the cobwebs with a large group of walkers. Sadly it was shut so we could only admire from a distance. Good reason to come back.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a superb location in a tranquil valley. Built as an abbey in the 11 th century, today it is a well managed ruin. There are fabulous walks from the abbey.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Rievaulx Abbey is great for a morning or afternoon out, the ruin itself is an amazing piece of historical architecture and has been preserved well. The new "museum" outside is minimalistic and slightly boring, and is slightly too modern for the ancient landscape that it sits in - inside are varying pieces of rock. More seating would have been a... More 

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