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“What views!”

Rievaulx Terrace and Temples
Ranked #4 of 18 things to do in Helmsley
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Owner description: Located in the village of Helmsley, visit the Rievaulx Abbey and its two 18th-century temples, one of which is the splendid Ionic Temple with its intricate ceiling paintings and 17th-century furniture.
Wales, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
112 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“What views!”
Reviewed August 22, 2013

Lovely way to spend an hour or so. I've seen more that enough little temples but the views of the Abbey through the cuts in the trees were spectacular. Another reviewer did not seem to realise that the cuts were there by design, not accident, and framed the ruins beautifully. I'm glad we chose the terrace over a visit to the Abbey as you could see it perfectly and did not have to get a crick in the neck while doing so.

Visited August 2013
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Fascinating example of what moneyed people did”
Reviewed August 22, 2013

Although the terraces and Abbey are separate attractions in different hands, they should be seen together as they are inextricably linked - the abbey was restored to provide a vista from the terraces (and presumably the terraces were constructed because views of the abbey could be contrived). Try to time a visit to be there between 3 and 3:30 when the the Ionic Temple is open, and see what a summer house can be!

Visited August 2013
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Middlesbrough
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Expensive”
Reviewed August 18, 2013

I was lucky enough to visit on a sunny day - the walk through the woods was pleasant, with striking willow sculptures. The views to the Abbey from the terrace are stunning (nb its not actually a solid / paved terrace which I expected, it's a large grassed area with views down onto the Abbey cut through the trees). The 'temples' are a bit disappointing, not much to look at from the outside & neither was open during my visit. The small exhibition in the cellar of the Ionic temple was interesting.

Overall, it is a very pleasant short stroll in dry weather, but for what it is I think the £5+ charge is expensive. You don't even get a leaflet / route map (a photocopied sheet would be something). Also I really didn't like the hard sell by the lady at reception, trying to flog NT membership. When I asked about access to the Abbey she was a little dismissive - which I put down to probable competition for visitors between the two sites - the Abbey I now understand is managed by English Heritage. It's not clear when you go in that this isn't part of the Abbey site, and that if you want to visit the Abbey itself you have to go in via an adjacent entry on the main road and I presume pay separately.

Visited August 2013
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Newcastle, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Jenga and chess in the woods with the wicker animals”
Reviewed August 3, 2013

Loved it. Worth the entry charge even without the views. Our little girl loved the wicker animals and fairies in the woodland walk. The views of the Abbey below we're fantastic too.

Visited July 2013
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Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Lovely views - a surprise find”
Reviewed August 2, 2013

This is a lovely spot for a picnic - and great views of the Abbey. The temple was open during our visit - and well worth seeing. A very nice place to visit.

Visited June 2013
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