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Review of Rievaulx Abbey

Rievaulx Abbey
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$53.59*
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Castle Howard, Rievaulx Abbey, and North York Moors Day Trip from York
Ranked #2 of 18 things to do in Helmsley
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed February 22, 2013

Visited on a sunny but cold day - liked the fact that you could walk anywhere around the site listening to the audio - each section had its on own audio number so didn't matter which order you went.

Were initially put off by having to pay for the car park as well as the entrance fee, although once inside, the car park ticket was refunded.

Thank OldDalbyite
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Reviewed February 14, 2013

This cafe has the politest staff I think I have ever come across, not just one member of staff but everyone. The views from the cafe window are stunning as is the drive into the village. Relax and feel how calm the place is its just like stepping back in time.

As the title says this is my third visit on a Sunday in a row and that must speak volumns but there is one big issue for me. I love coffee and each time I call the machine is broken and although the filter coffee is very good in term of flavour the coffee is always luke warm. Please get this fixed because otherwise everything else is great. The bacon sandwiches are excellent and the cakes a real treat

This really is a special place to visit

Thank Chris D
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Reviewed January 30, 2013

I'm just wondering what would have remained of this site if Henry VIII had not changed the faith.

One of English Heritage's best and well maintained sites and well worth a visit what ever the weather.

Thank Rhodopsin
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

We were completing the Cleveland Way between Sutton Bank and Helmsley on a very snowy January day and decided to take the slight detour to Rievaulx - we were so glad that we did! Not only were we welcomed most warmly and in spite of problems with the gas supple, supplied with bowls of excellent hot soup in the cafe, but were the only visitors to the abbey. The paths were not all accessible because of the snow, but the experience of walking aound the abbey in the snowy silence was unforgettable.

1  Thank Clare S
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Reviewed January 14, 2013

This gem out in the country side is nestled in the hills outside of Helmsley, near the North Yorkshire Moors. We went on a very wet, winter day, but was still worth the trek. Great indoor section showing how the Abbey started small and grew in stature and numbers working and living and worhipping their. You can have a nice walk in the area as well. Then onwards to Helmsley.

Thank Terri L
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