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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  • August 20, 2017
    We walked here from Helmsley along the Cleveland Way (definitely worth it) on a glorious sunny day in August. The ruins are set on the hillside, it is a photographer's dream and I'm sure the setting w...  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    We stopped off here on the way to our honeymoon in Whitby on the advice of my parents. It's a really fascinating place to wander round, although it's quite a trek to get there. Parking and admission w...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    I always enjoy Rievaulx because no matter how many times you go back it never looks the same because the light and weather always changes and as someone who loves photography you can always seem somet...  more »
  • 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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