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Rievaulx Abbey, Helmsley

Categories: Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
Inspirock Rating:
4.3/5 based on 260 reviews on the web
If peace and tranquillity is what you seek from a family day out in Yorkshire, then Rievaulx Abbey is the perfect choice. Set in a remote valley in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, Rievaulx is one of the most complete, and atmospheric, of England’s abbey ruins. It’s no wonder it’s one of the most popular visitor attractions in the North.

Learn about the monks in medieval times – how they devoted their lives to spiritual matters and at the same time established a thriving business to become one of the wealthiest monasteries in Britain.

Then enjoy some delicious Yorkshire fare in the café before taking a stroll around the beautiful grounds.
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  • This was a really fascinating and peaceful walk with interesting temples and great views of the Abbey beneath. Well worth visiting. 
  • To think this marvel was started in 1130, and finished by 1160.....and then destroyed by the arrogance of a king who could not get his own way. Must have been an ancestor of our current republican can...  read more »
  • If we hadn't picked Helmsley off the map as a stop on our trip we would have missed this gem of a site. The audio guide was outstanding and the little museum is both charming and informative. We were ...  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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