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Rievaulx Abbey, Helmsley

(4.8/5 based on 800+ reviews on the web)
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 β€œThe 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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  • What better than 12th century architecture? Beautiful, brilliantly taken care of and awe inspiring. Make time to go up to the Riveaulx terrace as well for a different view.  more »
  • We walked here following a well travelled path through fields and woods from Helmsley. A seven mile circular walk. The walking conditions were very muddy under feet which proved quite difficult at tim...  more »
  • A beautiful and magnificent site set in stunning scenery. The work of those ancient masons was superb. So much so it's hard to think of the abbey as incomplete!!!  more »
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  • I warmed to this place and have now been a couple of times. It's located in the middle of nowhere, down country lanes and there's not enough parking (although I think there is overflow) and it's expensive to park if you're not a member [English Heritage]. The Abbey ruins are worth visiting and there's quite a lot of them to look around. It's safe enough to let the kids wander, and there are handheld devices to explain what you're looking at (kids and adult versions). The shiney new cafe is really nice and there's a small museum to look around.
  • Amazing English Heritage site. Audio tour was very worthwhile and adds much to understand the historical significance of the Abbey. We filled the better part of the afternoon with our visit.
  • Great place to visit, just to explore and try and get the feeling of what is was like. Friendly staff very helpful
  • Went here today was absaloutly brilliant, crisp autumn sunshine β˜€ picnic in the grounds and beautiful surroundings πŸ‘Œ what more can I say, visit riveaulx abbey!
  • A beautiful ruin, plenty to explore with the kids, plenty of lovely lawn for picnics and games, could easily spend most of the day here. Would definitely recommend this place. Impressive.