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Rievaulx Abbey & Cafe
Helmsley, North York Moors

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Rievaulx Abbey

A visit to Rievaulx Abbey in the North York Moors National Park is a wonderfully calming experience. The once bustling Abbey is now a silent ruin, sitting in a tranquil area of woodland and owned and preserved by English Heritage. A lovely day out for all the family.

Rievaulx Abbey was once a prestigious and vibrant monastery in the North of England, now its ruins retain an almost atmospheric and peaceful quality. Located in the south-west of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, approximately two and a half miles from Helmsley, in a secluded and wooded valley, stands the ruins of Rievaulx Abbey; a former Cistercian monastery. The Abbey was built in 1123 in an unusual manner lying north-to-south, rather than the more orthodox build of east-to-west. This was due to the natural terrain which presented unusual difficulties.

The site was once occupied by a community of 145 monks and 650 villagers. Its current owners, English Heritage, open the doors to visitors who can sample the towering architecture, and explore the maze of ancillary medieval buildings.

There are also two beautiful, mid-18th century temples surrounded by woodland and beautiful gardens with an abundance of wild flowers during springtime.


Enjoy some delicious Yorkshire fare in the café before taking a stroll around the beautiful grounds.


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Rievaulx Abbey & Cafe
North Yorkshire
+44 (0) 870 333 1181

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