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Rievaulx Abbey, Helmsley

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One of the wealthiest abbeys in England until it was dissolved by Henry VIII in 1538, Rievaulx Abbey offers visitors 900 years of history. Learn about the monks in medieval times, including their devotion and thriving business. Explore the artifacts and look for the exhibit “The Work of God and Man.” Sample a freshly baked scone and stroll around the sensory garden filled with herbs. The free audio tour is available in English, French, and German. Check the webpage in advance for school holiday events. Cottages can be rented should you wish to stay on. Forty parking spaces are available for a refundable fee, and additional parking can be found in nearby Helmsley. By using our Helmsley vacation route planner, you can arrange your visit to Rievaulx Abbey and other attractions in Helmsley.
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  • Went here on a lovely sunny day for a walk. The grounds are so peaceful just to stroll around and enjoy the tranquility of the ruins. There are two exhibitions to see one has just opened with details ...  more »
  • This abbey is administered by English Heritage. The site is well kept and a joy to walk round. A new exhibition has just been opened charting the years of the abbey's history. Knowledgeable staff on h...  more »
  • So if your into your old abbeys, this ones worth a visit, it's well out the way but well worth the effort, the cafe and shop are your first point of call then along the path to the small museum and of...  more »
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  • English Heritage sites are always worth visiting. The grounds surrounding the abbey ruins are kept nice, the ruins themselves are spectacular, every time we go there is always something that we failed to notice on previous visits. The new museum exhibit is really worth a visit in its own right, so much to see! With Helmsley Castle just a few minutes away by car, you can visit both sites in one feature packed day out.
  • I have always fancied visiting this place after seeing it on the tv and I have to admit, it is a really magical place. Very relaxed, the kids were allowed to climb on things whilst the adults took in the serenity of the place. They also do a audio tour, but you need to ask for it.
  • Rievaulx Abbey is a stunning ruin in a stunning location in Rydale, in the North Yorkshire Moors. There are many photographic opportunities, as well as many walks to suit all tastes and ability levels.
  • One of the coolest abbeys you'll ever see. Very easy to walk around and explore.
  • Glorious ruined abbey with helpful and informative audio guide. A bit pricey though for families, like a lot of English Heritage places.

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