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Rievaulx Abbey

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Stunningly Serene...

A magnificent Abbey with such ambiance... Wander around the grounds listening to the free audio... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Samantha E
North Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Long on our list and worth the wait. I did not expect to prefer Rievaulx to Fountains but I did... read more

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Hidden in the deep River Rye valley, the beautiful and tranquil abbey ruins reflect nearly one thousand years of spiritual, commercial and Romantic history. Rievaulx was one of the first Cistercian abbeys to be founded in England in around 1130, and...more
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Rievaulx Bank, Helmsley YO62 5LB, England
+44 1439 798228
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Reviewed yesterday

A magnificent Abbey with such ambiance... Wander around the grounds listening to the free audio guide which provides additional information for the curious minded... I spent hours just wandering around and taking in the scenery, the grand structures and the atmosphere of the skeletons of...More

Thank Samantha E
Reviewed yesterday

Long on our list and worth the wait. I did not expect to prefer Rievaulx to Fountains but I did. Nicely managed and with good facilities that do not intrude on the abbey itself.

Thank David N
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Went on a trip.didnt know what to expect but I was amazed how lovely it was.i had a really good walk about.didnt want to come out of there.had a lovely walk through the Abbey I learnt a lot about the Abbey well worth a visit.cant...More

Thank carol l
Reviewed 4 days ago

I'm a massive fan of RA and vaguely remember a visit back in 1972 driven there in my Dad's old Vauxhall Viva. There was no swish entrance then or glam tea room and gin and hadn't been invented. I just remember a bloke in a...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited with a few of my photography friends to take photos of the ‘illuminating Rievaulx ‘ event. Got some stunning pictures and had a fab evening.

Thank Kaylen86
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a fantastic place. I’ve wanted to visit for years and it didn’t disappoint. If you want the atmosphere, get there early. A group of rather loud tourists taking selfies spoiled it a bit but I’d soaked in the peace before they arrived! Walk around...More

Thank Liz S
Reviewed 1 week ago

A spectacular ruin in a beautiful setting and a very well run visitor centre and a free audio guide. The staff are very friendly and helpful. I said I was trying to find a particular furniture maker in a nearby village that I had visited...More

Thank What
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were astounded with the size & complexity of The Abbey. The builders of yester-year were very far sighted & intelligent men. Well worth a visit.Helpful staff & well presented.

Thank Alan A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Came to visit Rievaulx Abbey on a family holiday. We learnt the history of this wonderful abbey and sadly it's demise. a fascinating tour at your own pace, locating buildings and living conditions. Also had a drink and café is dog friendly.

Thank mark d
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went to the English Heritage illuminated abbey evening and it was fascinating. The lighting was superb but the whole experience was really interesting. Will certainly visit again during daylight hours :-). Some rough terrain for anyone with a pram or wheelchair.

Thank Alastair M
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Mohamed S
21 January 2018|
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Response from camille_rae | Reviewed this property |
We drove and it was a long way. 3 or 4 hrs I would guess. But it was. A great drive and worth it.
Nicholas B
Hello gelvisblue I'm very surprised by your review, how can you not just be in wonder and intrigue as you walked around the site? The history seeping from the magnificent ruins from nearly 900 years ago! The presbytery of the church, one of the finest examples of early English architecture. The magnificent refectory and the remains of the undercroft below. The monks choir and crossing in the south transept, with the doorway still in tact leading to the dormitory. The remarkable, unusual chapter house with its shrine to Abott William dating from 1250. The beautiful cloister with details like the piscine(holy water basin) Do I need to go on? Rievaulx Abbey was a major architectural influence on the medieval monastic church from the 12th to the 16th centuries and, from the mid 18th century. Rievaulx includes some of the earliest surviving buildings of any Cistercian monastery in Europe. Abott William's stone monastery was the first great Cistercian church to be built in England on the model of the church and claustral layout that was being developed at Clairvaux from about 1135. That makes Rievaulx one of the earliest surviving examples in Europe of what subsequently became the standard plan for all Cistercian abbey's, and for those of the other major monastic orders. Maybe you should visit other places other than ones like Rievaulx Abbey, as you clearly have no interest, understanding, or appreciation, of fine pieces of vastly important places of history in England. Go back, get the audio guide, and try to appreciate how lucky you are to be able to visit and learn about this remarkable place.
12 September 2017|
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Response from ApriliaApex | Reviewed this property |
You foolish man, i do appreciate Rievaulx Abbey, i just didn't care for the cafe or the shop. I will look forward to going back there and to finding that you have sent your reply to "gelvisblue" and deleted any link to me.
Lisa W
28 April 2017|
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Response from Holibobsis | Reviewed this property |
Took our two dogs inside and they were made most welcome :-)