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“nice walk from The Black Swan”
Review of Rievaulx Abbey

Rievaulx Abbey
Ranked #2 of 20 things to do in Helmsley
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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 September 27, 2013

Beautiful stop, not sure I would pay the 4.50 to go inside and have a look though. We just walked around the edge and took a few pictures. Lovely walk to do in the evening.

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RievaulxStaff, Public Relations Manager at Rievaulx Abbey, responded to this reviewResponded November 6, 2013

Just to let you know our current prices are £6.00 for adults, £5.40 for concessions and £3.60 for children. For one of the largest monasteries in England, once home to around 700 people and with a free audioguide and museum to visit, we believe this offers excellent value and of course maintaining a historic site of this nature costs a substantial amount.
There is also an annual membership which means each visit would be free!

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Reviewed September 26, 2013

Had a great afternoon at Rievaulx Abbey .
Can only describe this place as a true hidden gem .from the main road you would never know it was there , as you drive down the minor road you catch your first glimpse of this ruined Abbey .you are teased with more as you follow it round to the entrance .
The Abbey is vast & although a shell it is a lot more intact that some . The scale of the place is impressive with plenty of places to explore or just sit & soak up the calm that seems to radiate from the Abbey .
I liked the fact that there was no "keep off the " grass or restrictions tow here you could go , for us it was a bonus that you can also bring the dog .
We went for a coffee & cake in the cafe . The quality of the lemon drizzle cake was outstanding a complete change to the usual pre packed stuff you tend to get .

1  Thank Markb156
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Reviewed September 25, 2013

This ruined abbey is really interesting - especially as they have a system of talking guides to tell you more about what you see.

1  Thank JennieNamibia
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Reviewed September 25, 2013

The abbey and its grounds were really interesting and the scones with jam and cream in the cafe were lovely.

Thank Elaine R
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Reviewed September 24, 2013

Rievaulx is one of those places we should all visit once in our lifetime. Its beautiful stone walls bore witness to and had a part to play in some of the hugely important events that have shaped English and European history. It is incredibly humbling to consider the difficulties that the founders of this religious centre must have faced to build such a magnificent edifice in the 12th century. But then, over the centuries the Cistercian monks who made this their home had to contend with the Black Death in the 14th century and finally with Henry VIII's Dissolution in the 16th.

Today, there is little hardship in visiting Rievaulx. Just get yourself to this lovely part of North Yorkshire and fork out for a relatively modest entrance fee. English Heritage continues its great work in making Rievaulx accessible for everyone and your money is well spent helping them do this. There are acres of space for kids to run around as well as (obviously) beautiful buildings/ruins for you to wonder over and enjoy.

Rievaulx is an astonishing building - it hardly deserves to be described as a ruin since so much of its shell is intact. Any building that is still standing having been designed and constructed 900-1000 years ago deserves our admiration. But Rievaulx is notable not just for the fact that it is still standing. It is also such an outstanding example of fine English architecture from the 11th to 15th centuries. And, of course, its location is glorious.

Lastly, only in England would reviewers of such a wonderful monument heap so much praise on ... a pot of cha. Apparently, it's the volume of tea that you are served in the cafe at Rievaulx that has them waxing so eloquently - a "Bucket of good tea", "A massive pot of tea". I confess. We didn't visit the cafe so I can't speak from first hand experience. But, please, fellow Brits and other tea-loving peoples from around the world - check out other reviewers' comments about your favorite brew. Oh...and the cakes sound good too.

Those medieval monks always seemed to get the best spots. Centuries later, Rievaulx's setting is just as lovely as it was back then. Maybe we should thank King Harry for making it available for us all to enjoy. And while the monks would have been guzzling beer and wine, we should express our gratitude to the tea ladies of Rievaulx with their remarkable pots for keeping visitors so very well watered.

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