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. Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Helmsley fast, fun, and easy.
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  • I spent over 2 hours wandering through the ruins and I could have easily spent at least an hour more. The main chapel ruins are the most dramatic and breathtaking, but the associated buildings are jus...  more »
  • Well worthwhile trip to Rievaulx Abbey. Began with a coffee in the lovely cafe and then a walk around the ruins with a superb audio guide. Lots to see and benches for when you need a rest. Staff frien...  more »
  • We enjoyed the Abbey, it wasn't as a nice as Foundations Abbey and would very much recommend anyone who only has time to visit one should go and see Foundations Abbey instead if they haven't already s...  more »
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  • Best day out in a long time! English heritage never lets me down! Worth the price as you see where your money is going! It's all in to the restoration and maintenance of the beautiful abbey! You do have to pay for parking which is £5 or you could park down the street for free
  • One of the most beautiful locations of any ruined abbey in England. Unmissable!
  • Great place in a great location. The cafe here is very good,the ruins are great. The road leading to it isnt brilliant but apart from that wow.
  • A tranquil place in an area of outstanding beauty. The ruins give an atmospheric feel. It's easy to see why the monks chose this sheltered location. There is a really good information centre where you can learn about its origins and what life was like for the monks and people who lived in those times.
  • Filmed it at dawn for a production was breathtaking. Mid winter, frost on ground was magical. The abbey is pretty big too.
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