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Rievaulx Abbey

Rievaulx Bank, Helmsley YO62 5LB, England
+44 1439 798228
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Worth braving the cold!

We visited Rievaulx on a cold Sunday in November (the 26th) and found the car park... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Birmingham (UK)
Lovely ruins, well worth a visit.

I’ve always wanted to see the abbey, and see the gothic architecture. The abbey is placed in a... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Rievaulx Bank, Helmsley YO62 5LB, England
+44 1439 798228
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Reviewed yesterday

We visited Rievaulx on a cold Sunday in November (the 26th) and found the car park full! Luckily a couple of cars left and we managed to find a space. As members of English Heritage our £5 parking fee was refunded (advert for joining EE!)...More

Thank A_Brummie
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I’ve always wanted to see the abbey, and see the gothic architecture. The abbey is placed in a lovely village. The staff that work their are lovely and very helpful. Theirs fantastic views around the area. Theirs still the old tannery in place . I...More

Thank gothicwax
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A great place to walk and enjoy the stunning scenery and fresh air. So worth a visit. Good parking too.

Thank Janet A
Reviewed 7 November 2017

Approaching the Abbey by car and you are stunned when it comes into view. An amazing work of architecture and construction and thank goodness there is still so much left after Henry VIII and all these years. We saw it in a bit of mist...More

Thank pasowine
Reviewed 24 October 2017

We visited Rievaulx Abbey last week with our dog. Dogs are allowed everywhere. We cannot recommend a visit highly enough. The staff were very helpful and pleasant. The whole site is so peaceful and well tended and the new visitor centre is a great credit...More

Thank somersetmiss
Reviewed 21 October 2017

No matter how often we visit, we always have a great time here. Lots to explore. Beautiful, peaceful setting

Thank mattyandco
Reviewed 21 October 2017

This is a beautiful ruin of an Abbey, now restored it will be there for a long time so generations can look upon it how people build such a massive building without today's cranes and machinery.

Thank René R
Reviewed 20 October 2017 via mobile

This was a beautiful abbey. With a beautiful setting. A must visit! A little difficult if disabled to get all the way into the abbey. But can get very close.

Thank camille_rae
Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

This is a must see, ideally maybe out of season, parking is limited, research the life of a Cistercian Monk And Saint Benedict. Great new museum with artefacts and relics of the abbey.

Thank Russell H
Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

The Abbey is well worth a visit. This is one of the best preserved examples of a Cistercian Abbey that I have ever seen. There's still a lot to discover here, and it's easy to piece together how incredible a building this would have been....More

Thank Rose N
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Nicholas B
Hello gelvisblue I'm very surprised by your review, how can you not just be in wonder and intrigue as you walked around the site? The history seeping from the magnificent ruins from nearly 900 years ago! The presbytery of the church, one of the finest examples of early English architecture. The magnificent refectory and the remains of the undercroft below. The monks choir and crossing in the south transept, with the doorway still in tact leading to the dormitory. The remarkable, unusual chapter house with its shrine to Abott William dating from 1250. The beautiful cloister with details like the piscine(holy water basin) Do I need to go on? Rievaulx Abbey was a major architectural influence on the medieval monastic church from the 12th to the 16th centuries and, from the mid 18th century. Rievaulx includes some of the earliest surviving buildings of any Cistercian monastery in Europe. Abott William's stone monastery was the first great Cistercian church to be built in England on the model of the church and claustral layout that was being developed at Clairvaux from about 1135. That makes Rievaulx one of the earliest surviving examples in Europe of what subsequently became the standard plan for all Cistercian abbey's, and for those of the other major monastic orders. Maybe you should visit other places other than ones like Rievaulx Abbey, as you clearly have no interest, understanding, or appreciation, of fine pieces of vastly important places of history in England. Go back, get the audio guide, and try to appreciate how lucky you are to be able to visit and learn about this remarkable place.
12 September 2017|
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Response from ApriliaApex | Reviewed this property |
You foolish man, i do appreciate Rievaulx Abbey, i just didn't care for the cafe or the shop. I will look forward to going back there and to finding that you have sent your reply to "gelvisblue" and deleted any link to me.
Lisa W
28 April 2017|
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Response from Holibobsis | Reviewed this property |
Took our two dogs inside and they were made most welcome :-)
5 March 2017|
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Response from Ivan D | Reviewed this property |
Hi, You can find all relevant data on the website of English Heritage. I think that all English Heritage properties have opening hours in period April to September from 10:00 to 18:00. Regards ID