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2 miles/3 kilometres west of Helmsley.

The charming cottages and houses of this small village line the road near the bottom of a steep bank. Visitors come to see the magnificent ruins of the medieval monastery of Rievaulx Abbey which was founded in 1131. It became the finest and largest Cistercian abbey in England. On the hilltop is Rievaulx Terrace & Temples, overlooking the abbey, with a banquet room and exhibition in one of the temples.

Rievaulx Terrace and Temples
A wide grass terrace provides magnificent views of the abbey below. At each end of the terrace is a classical style temple, one of which has an exhibition in the basement. The entrance is signposted from the Helmsley to Stokesley road. You can find out more from the National Trust.

Rievaulx Abbey
One of the largest and finest Cistercian abbeys in England, the monastery ruins are an impressive sight. Museum, gift shop, car park and toilets for visitors to the abbey. Audio tour available. You can find out more from English Heritage.


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Map reference: SE 612837  Lat: 54.24532 Long: -1.06232