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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. Before you head to Helmsley, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Helmsley itinerary planner, to make sure you see all that Helmsley has to offer, including Rievaulx Abbey.
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  • Ruins of the magnificent Cistercian Abbey that existed until 'sacked' by Henry V111. Very extensive building and grounds. Well worth the walk along a well marked pathway from Helmsley - under an...  more »
  • Excellent visit. Freedom to wander and explore the extensive grounds of the abbey. Easy to hire "talk" headphones but there are ample notices giving details of the layout.  more »
  • A vast space where you can easily get lost spending over 2 hours at minimum. The architecture and historic beauty of this place is amazing ❤️ Being part of the national heritage sites, the staffs were incredibly polite and helpful 😍 had a brilliant experience overall... Must visit. They have their home based honey wines which are amazing. Must buy.
  • Stunning piece of history. A must visit for history and maybe architecture lovers. One of the best thing to visit in Yorkshire. The audio guide is includes in the entrance and I advise to take advantage of it (I happened to have some earphones which you can use with the device). There are also posters along the way. The staff at the shop and the cafe were very helpful.

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