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The evocative and immense remains of the abbey church, as well as other monastic buildings, stand as a memorial to the white-robed Cistercian monks who once lived and worked here, making Rievaulx one of the wealthiest monasteries in medieval England. The monastery was founded in 1132 and at one time supported a community of 600. It was dissolved in 1538. There is a fascinating exhibition on site.

Tip - there is a good circular walk which takes in Helmsley Castle, Rievaulx Abbey and Rievaulx Terrace.

Nr Helmsley
North Yorkshire
Post Code
YO62 5LB
Main Historic Period
Helmsley Castle, Rievaulx Terrace
Primary Management
English Heritage

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