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Rievaulx Abbey, Helmsley

Categories: Ruins, Tourist Spots
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4.8/5 based on 750+ 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 “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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  • You cannot fail to be impressed by the sight of Rievaulx, even on a drizzly October day!! We found the directions on the free audio guide somewhat baffling at times. Many photographs were taken as the...  read more »
  • We spent a few hours here last weekend with our elderly parents. I rang beforehand to see if they had the motorised chairs but they don't have them here although considering them. We used a wheelchair...  read more »
  • Visited the new visitors centre with my father had a wonderful meal. I'd thoroughly recommend the Yorkshire platter like a plowmans with ample selection. Dad enjoyed his Brie bacon and cranberry sandw...  read more »
  • The archetypal romantic ruin. Lovely setting and extensive ruins. Visitor Centre and museum still smell of fresh paint. Friendly staff. A bit boring for kids.
  • Lovely ruins nestled in the valley. A great place to exlore
  • Truly, a must visit if you like ruins / monuments. The site is very extensive and in such a fabulous state of repair. You get a real sense of what life would have been like for you monks who lived here down the ages. The audio tour is well worth the additional expense as it really explains well what each part of the complex was used for. Fantastic!
  • We visited Helmsley castle and then here. Loved them both! This is a must see for the York area. Absolutely jaw dropping! Audio tour is great and it was easy to imagine 600 monks working here. See it please!!! You will be amazed. We were there on drizzly September afternoon and had it most to ourself. They are upgrading visitor center. Hope it doesn't get too fancy.
  • Please note that the above opening times are wrong. Please visit the English Heritage/Rievaulx website for correct opening times.
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