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Rievaulx Abbey

Address : Rievaulx Bank
Address : Rievaulx
Town/City : Helmsley
County : Yorkshire
Country : England
Post code : YO62 5LB
Web Site :  www.english-heritage.org.uk

Escape to this tranquil valley of the North York Moors and discover the impressive ruins of one of England's most powerful Cistercian monasteries.


A new visitor experience shines a light on Rievaulx Abbey's fascinating past and the lives of the monks who called Rievaulx Abbey their home. Explore the elegant museum displaying previously unseen artefacts which tell the story of the rise and dramatic fall of the first Cistercian abbey in the North of England.
Wander the extensive ruins of the abbey to discover more about the building and how it looked at various stages of its development. Pick up an audio tour to learn more.
Take in the stunning views from the new visitor centre while enjoying a tasty treat in the new tearoom and appreciate why St Aelred's 'everywhere peace, everywhere serenity' description of Rievaulx Abbey could quite easily have been written today.


17 – 20 September
7pm – 9.30pm
The stunning ruins of Rievaulx Abbey will be bathed in light for three evenings over one weekend in September. Coloured lights will bring out different features from the ancient stonework providing a truly alternative view. With light, sound and the beautiful surroundings the event will connect visitors with the magic and awe experienced by monks and visitors alike when the abbey was at the height of its wealth and power.

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